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    Firefighting facial hair

    Serious topic. I’m starting school soon. Now i’ve emailed the course co-ordinator regarding facial hair and I’ve looked online for answers but majority are American websites.

    Simply put I don’t want to cut my beard due to religious reasons.

    I can also get a medical note if that doesn’t work

    I understand it’s because of the SCBA testing (breathing apparatus) and it needs to seal properly but is it really a big hassle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGodofGains View Post
    Serious topic. I’m starting school soon. Now i’ve emailed the course co-ordinator regarding facial hair and I’ve looked online for answers but majority are American websites.

    Simply put I don’t want to cut my beard due to religious reasons.

    I can also get a medical note if that doesn’t work

    I understand it’s because of the SCBA testing (breathing apparatus) and it needs to seal properly but is it really a big hassle?
    You won’t be able to be a fire fighter unless you can be fit tested for a respirator. You can’t enter a building without having a respirator. If you are adamant about not shaving maybe pick a different career, but construction is the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGodofGains View Post
    Serious topic. I’m starting school soon. Now i’ve emailed the course co-ordinator regarding facial hair and I’ve looked online for answers but majority are American websites.

    Simply put I don’t want to cut my beard due to religious reasons.

    I can also get a medical note if that doesn’t work

    I understand it’s because of the SCBA testing (breathing apparatus) and it needs to seal properly but is it really a big hassle?
    You do not want to be exposing yourself to any byproducts of combustion, and if you don't have a proper seal this is a real probability. If your ultimate goal is to become a firefighter you will have to shave your beard at some point...so if you are serious you may as well shave it sooner than later. It has nothing to do with anyone's chosen religion, it has to do with the inherent dangers of the job.
    Discipline and dedication yeilds results. Consistency is key.

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    I second what the old guy said above. Can’t even have stubble for a proper fit test my friend

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    Some can pass a fit test with a 5 o’clock shadow. All of the places that I know of require you to be clean shaven at all times except for a mustach. Using religious reasons won’t help you because the inherent dangers of the job.

    Firefighting is a very difficult career as it is to get into. Not to mention expensive. Just applying for a job costs about 1000$. I am not sure if that even includes the testing.
    Last edited by Durk; 03-12-2018 at 07:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durk View Post
    Some can pass a fit test with a 5 o’clock shadow. Most places that I know of require you to be clean shaven at all times except for a mustach. Using religious reasons won’t help you because the inherent dangers of the job.

    Firefighting is a very difficult career as it is to get into. Not to mention expensive. Just applying for a job costs about 1000$. I am not sure if that even includes the testing.
    Yeah some can, but I’m talking the guys who actually grow a yeti beard and not a light one. When it’s thick and five o’clock shadow you’re not getting a fit test done. No one would allow it. I’ve never known one guy out of all my buds who need them to have been allowed a five o clock shadow it the trades field. Couldn’t see it in the firefighting field either. I guess depending on the place you’re getting it done but most of them I know back in the day used to carry razor blades and would make you shave on the spot. Of course with the laws and sensitivity now that is not allowed

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66Chevy View Post
    You do not want to be exposing yourself to any byproducts of combustion, and if you don't have a proper seal this is a real probability. If your ultimate goal is to become a firefighter you will have to shave your beard at some point...so if you are serious you may as well shave it sooner than later. It has nothing to do with anyone's chosen religion, it has to do with the inherent dangers of the job.
    Since they provide positive pressure there is very little chance of inhaling any gases outside the mask even with out a proper seal. The real problem is drastically reduced and unpredictable tank life.

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    Thanks for the responses. If worst comes I’ll end up shaving it for the testing

    But I’m also going to research some other fields or career paths

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGodofGains View Post
    Serious topic. Iím starting school soon. Now iíve emailed the course co-ordinator regarding facial hair and Iíve looked online for answers but majority are American websites.

    Simply put I donít want to cut my beard due to religious reasons.

    I can also get a medical note if that doesnít work

    I understand itís because of the SCBA testing (breathing apparatus) and it needs to seal properly but is it really a big hassle?
    If inhaling poisonous chemicals and getting cancer, or maybe death isnít a big deal, weíll keep the beard, lol?
    Maybe be on the pencil pushing side of things?

    I was going to be a firefighter years ago when I was dating a girl whoís dad was one.
    Last edited by Sorbate; 03-12-2018 at 07:52 PM.

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    Agree with many posts above. If you cannot pass a fit test for a respirator you will not be able to do the job.

    Even if you are not concerned for your own well being, you need to think of your coworkers and potential victims. You may put them in danger if the toxic environment gets the better of you. Now they will have to cease firefighting operations and look after you while yet another crew of firefighters would have to be mobilized to rescue you.

    I know the beard means a lot to you, but you have to ask yourself, ďis my beard worth risking the lives of others?Ē

    I sure hope the answer is no if you want to truly be a firefighter.

    You could always apply to the fire prevention division where you wouldnít fight fires, but rather ensure peoples safety through inspections and education. Which is just as important.

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