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    Default Stupid question.

    I want to be a professional firefighter at some point but Iím 5í8. Rather short by firefighter standards. Is there any height requirements? Am I too short to be a fireman :P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    I want to be a professional firefighter at some point but Iím 5í8. Rather short by firefighter standards. Is there any height requirements? Am I too short to be a fireman :P.
    I would not see where that would keep you from becoming a fire fighter, as long as you could do the work. We had a female fire fighter that was 5'4" and she had no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    I want to be a professional firefighter at some point but Iím 5í8. Rather short by firefighter standards. Is there any height requirements? Am I too short to be a fireman :P.
    First of all... it is not a stupid question if someone doesn't know the answer.

    To answer to your question, it depends on the department. Determining a person's ability to perform a job based on just height may occur, but it should not be the only thing factored. You don't give anymore details about your physical situation, so I can't answer you with any realiability.

    If you're 5' 8" and weigh over 300 pounds, you're not a good candidate. See my point?

    Our dept evaluates a candidate on several levels. Height is only a concern if the candidate is extremely small or excessively huge. If you can pass the PAT, you should be able to find a department that will take you. We have several males, and females, that are about 5' 8".

    Don't let your height get in your way and become your own worst enemy. Don't let it be an excuse. You are only limited by yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinKnight View Post
    First of all... it is not a stupid question if someone doesn't know the answer.

    To answer to your question, it depends on the department. Determining a person's ability to perform a job based on just height may occur, but it should not be the only thing factored. You don't give anymore details about your physical situation, so I can't answer you with any realiability.

    If you're 5' 8" and weigh over 300 pounds, you're not a good candidate. See my point?

    Our dept evaluates a candidate on several levels. Height is only a concern if the candidate is extremely small or excessively huge. If you can pass the PAT, you should be able to find a department that will take you. We have several males, and females, that are about 5' 8".

    Don't let your height get in your way and become your own worst enemy. Don't let it be an excuse. You are only limited by yourself.

    Good Luck.
    I’m 5’8 and like 190 pounds. I’m in decent shape, personally I think with training I could handle the job. I mean I’ve seen firefighters (males) about my height and they seem to handle themselves fine.

    And what is the PAT?
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    PAT - physical agility test.

    We have a number of guys on my department who are actually less than 5'8", and several women also. As long as you're physically fit, the height shouldn't be an issue for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    PAT - physical agility test.

    We have a number of guys on my department who are actually less than 5'8", and several women also. As long as you're physically fit, the height shouldn't be an issue for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Same Here...............
    You’re a P.G County Firefighter? I hear nothing but good things about that area and it’s fire departments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    Youíre a P.G County Firefighter? I hear nothing but good things about that area and itís fire departments.
    LMAO, who have you been talking to!? hehe just kiddin Harve. We've all had our fun in the fire belt. Height should make no matter if you keep yourself in good shape. Just be ready to get the really crappy jobs that require the small guy on the crew going into a tight spot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    I want to be a professional firefighter at some point but I’m 5’8. Rather short by firefighter standards. Is there any height requirements? Am I too short to be a fireman :P.
    You would be a good engine man as you would never bump your head. The big tall guy make the truck companies. MOST HAVE SCARS ON THEIR KNUCKLES!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    LMAO, who have you been talking to!? hehe just kiddin Harve. We've all had our fun in the fire belt. Height should make no matter if you keep yourself in good shape. Just be ready to get the really crappy jobs that require the small guy on the crew going into a tight spot!
    You’re from PA were you at the fire expo in upper dublin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    I want to be a professional firefighter at some point but I’m 5’8. Rather short by firefighter standards. Is there any height requirements? Am I too short to be a fireman :P.
    Depends...

    Can you walk in high heels and/or tease your hair to appear taller?

    If yes to both then you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    Youíre from PA were you at the fire expo in upper dublin?
    Nope, not I. Haven't been one to years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Depends...

    Can you walk in high heals and/or tease your hair to appear taller?

    If yes to both then you'll be fine.
    I’m not here to fulfill your fantasies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    Iím not here to fulfill your fantasies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    Iím not here to fulfill your fantasies.


    I bet he can too!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
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    ChiefKN: He put one on you sir...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonAre View Post
    Iím not here to fulfill your fantasies.
    I guess a little eyeliner is out the question, then?
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I guess a little eyeliner is out the question, then?
    You are a glutten for punishment sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I guess a little eyeliner is out the question, then?
    Iím gonna enjoy being a firefighter.
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    My old department has two guys both barely 5' tall.One of them spent two tours in Viet Nam doing tunnel rat stuff searching underground bunkers for the enemy.
    The other is one of the Chaplains for the department and works in construction for his "real" job.
    If they can do the job of a firefighter at or about 5'3",I reckon you can as well at 5'8",which coincidentally is my height.
    As long as you can do the job,height doesn't matter.Go for it and you'll see that it's a great job because you know more than what the newsies report on tv about the calls you run.
    It also sucks because you know stuff about the calls you run that doesn't make the tv and shouldn't be talked about except among other firefighters.
    I always thought the pluses outnumbered the minuses and regretted when I had to resign from my department.I still want to go back.

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