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    Hi, I just wanted to know what are the rules and regulations regarding having a trim beard. I have a a couple of scars by my sideburns and I like having a beard but I look professional since I trim my full beard every other day; I just wanted to know the regulations regarding having a beard.


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    I believe beard is not allowed because it interferes with getting a good seal on your SCBA. Hence, life threatening. Not even sideburns, I believe.

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    No hair between seal and skin.
    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 ordonez182 View Post
    I like having a beard but I look professional since I trim my full beard every other day; I just wanted to know the regulations regarding having a beard.
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    If you're trying to get hired, lose the beard.

    You might think you look professional, but I guarantee that if you get to an interview, someone on the board is going to look at you and say, "WTF?"

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    (Beards creep me out. On top of that, even with a trimmed beard, I automatically think "******". (Seriously? I can't spell d o u c h e ?)
    And then there's those guys that go swimming in a pool with a full beard. Now that just grosses me out for some reason.)

    Personal phobias aside; you want to look professional and like you fit the part of a firefighter. It will be an issue brought up at an interview as it projects the impression that you are not serious about getting the job. I've sat across from guys who had a beard they were quite proud of and we had to ask if they realized they'd have to shave the beard off in order to wear a facepiece and get a proper seal.
    If you can get away with it, just leave the sideburns to cover your scars, unless you have to grow muttonchops to do so

    Either way, lose the beard.

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    chicks dig scars... rock it with pride. Shave the beard and seal your mask... I'd rather show scars on my face than have scars on my lungs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordonez182 View Post
    Hi, I just wanted to know what are the rules and regulations regarding having a trim beard. I have a a couple of scars by my sideburns and I like having a beard but I look professional since I trim my full beard every other day; I just wanted to know the regulations regarding having a beard.


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    Beards in the fire service aren't really tolerated. Some SCBA manufactures have different requirements. But the good rule of thumb is that you shouldn't have hair if you want a good seal. I heard though, that many Hasidic Jewish firefighters have been able to get a decent seal....but unless you are in that minority, I think its safe just to shave.

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    I normally wear a beard...but when it came down to my dream career vs. My beard, decision was easy.

    Should be for you too.

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    Beards are out. Mustaches are a gray area. When in doubt shave it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Beards are out. Mustaches are a gray area. When in doubt shave it off.
    How 'bout da soul patch? Howie Mandell rocks it - so does Billy Ray.
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    Never seen a firefighter with anything more then a mustache, period. I dont think any departments allow beards or anything on your chin, below your lip or anything like that.

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    When my son Rob was trying to become a firefighter I begged him to shave off his mustache. He said Dad this took me 26-years to grow and I'm not going to shave it off. He got hired. He got married and his wife made him shave it off. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    When my son Rob was trying to become a firefighter I begged him to shave off his mustache. He said Dad this took me 26-years to grow and I'm not going to shave it off. He got hired. He got married and his wife made him shave it off. Go figure.
    I feel his remorse... mine won't let me grow one either *whip crack*

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Beards are out.
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Mustaches are a gray area.
    I thought it was mandatory for old timers to rock the giant stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    I thought it was mandatory for old timers to rock the giant stash.
    They aren't interviewing for the job, they are displaying their superiority!

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    Cannot have a beard at all. Safety issue. No firemen are allowed to have beards. Even in the volunteer level. If you have a beard as a volunteer you are restricted to outside a building during a call. Cannot go inside during a fire

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    Why are we even having this discussion?

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    couldn't have said it better myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Beards are out. Mustaches are a gray area. When in doubt shave it off.
    Am the only one who thought this was pretty clever? Well said Capt Bob!


    (Looking for the bearded smiley....)

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