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    Default Height Requirement??

    I stand at about 5'6 I have been working out five times a week and am far from "weak". Is my height going to be a problem??

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    I'm 5'4" 155 lbs. There will be things you have to adapt to, like on one of our trucks I have to open a compartment to reach the ladder releases, but there are guys taller than me that have to also.

    Also, get ready to go into the attic or crawlspace.

    If you believe it's not a problem, it isn't.

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    You have no idea how good it is to hear that. I just applied for Firefighter Trainee, plus I am about to get my EMT Basic. I have been so excited about being a firefighter, but whenever I tell people what I want to do they tell me its not possible because of my height.

    Thanks rstandi

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    Originally posted by AlteredBeast
    but whenever I tell people what I want to do they tell me its not possible because of my height.

    That's a load of bullcrap. I have heard of plenty of women who are shorter than you (and you are not short) who are firefighters. Darn good ones, at that. So don't worry; it's strength that matters, IMO. Good luck, and don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do something. Go show them you can.

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    We have a handful of firefighters on our department your size, and they are all great firefighters. Train hard and you will be able to fit right in. You will need to have thick skin though because you will catch some crap. Don't take it personel, it's all in fun.

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    Default No problem

    I'm 5'4" and been in the fire service for 11 years now. The only real down side is I have been in more attics and crawl spaces than any human should ever have to endure. Seriously because of my size I can crawl through a breached wall through the studs on 18" centers without removing my airpack. I didn't have a lot of trouble in the tube in the Pittsburgh drill either.

    Good luck to you and stay safe!

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    I am 5'9" and never had a problem. I know alot of firefighters that are shorter and never have a problem.
    I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

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    I stand at about 5'6 I have been working out five times a week and am far from "weak". Is my height going to be a problem??
    Rumor has it, you would Tower over one of the latest FDNY graduates.

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    Question Well.........................

    The only drawback that I can think of is your local system. Unfortunately, there is no ADA provision (that I know of) regarding height. You might be unlucky enough to be in an area where a height requirement still exists. Many years ago, most jobs in public safety had height, weight, vision, hearing, and other requirements, now education has taken the lead, and other REASONABLE requirements are there, and height is no longer considered. Research your local area FDs requirements. Best Wishes, Stay Safe....
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    Hey, I like having people of shorter stature around. That means I don't have to cram my big butt into scuttle holes and attics.

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    Skwerl, how did I know you would post here?

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    As long as you arent shorter then the SCBA you'll be fine.

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    Default short right!!

    Let me tell you I am not ever 5 ft, of course I am female. I have never really had a situation that I could not do something b/c of my height. Most of the time it is pretty funny stuff, to close the compartments I have to jump up to reach. But I do not think my height has ever been a problem!

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