word of advice - never show up to an interview with a beard/goatee. trust me, i wish we could have them, id grow mine back in a minute. my dept is really relax with facial hair, couple days growth isnt a big deal, but im in a unique dept so its different from city/county depts.
volunteer/POC depts, you might be able to get away with it, i know guys with facial hair that might as well be full-timers with the hours they put in. but you just getting into fire, i would highly suggest, dont show to anything fire-related with facial hair. you dont want to be "that guy".
A stupid looking goatee or a job.
as funny as it sounds, "makes me look older and more masculine", i completely understand. appearance is part of the public perception. if im clean shaved and my hair is cut short, i look way too young and i hear it from my crew and patients (besides the fact im not a big guy).... which is why my hair is/going to be longer and i rock a soulpatch. but thats how my dept is, which is something you need to figure out.
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I have a question: what are the rules about long hair while firefighting?
I currently shave my head but it leaves me with ingrown hairs and razor bumps on the back of my head and it looks disgusting. So my goal was to start growing my hair long at the start of the fall semester in a few weeks. However, as I'm concentrating on firefighting, I'm wondering how practical long hair would be or if it's allowed at all. My original goal was to do a ponytail, but I'm wondering if cornrows would keep my long hair neat and out of the way while firefighting.
im calling bull**** on this guy
You need to go read up on the fire service. First you ask about facial hair. You want a goatee/beard.... For you sake, No.
Now, shaved hair to long hair/cornrows? How about SHORT HAIR? Dude, look at the fire depts and follow suit if you're serious, which I believe youre not b/c your understanding is subpar even for a 'newbie'. Don't get mad, just read up.
The reason I'm asking is because I've seen firefighters with long hair so I was just curious. I don't have to grow long hair but I'm just embarrassed about the back of my head (to the point of random people in public saying the back of my head looks like the surface of the moon). In regards to the facial hair, that's not important either. It was just a thought.
And yes seriously cornrows to keep it out of my face and tighter to my head.
So I may or may not grow long hair and facial hair is a no-no because of properly sealing the mask. That's all I needed to know. It wasn't critically important and it won't change me becoming a firefighter.
Something that you need to keep in mind is how you're going to look to the people involved in the hiring process. While YOU might be okay with corn rows, you must face the fact that most of the people involved in the hiring process will likely feel like you're not going to represent their department in a professional or positive manner.
Is there some reason that you can't just grow short (IE: buzzcut) or medium length hair? I'm not sure why you're going to a shaven head to wanting hair so long they're going to mistake you for a Metallica roadie.