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Firefighter Thread or (EMT/PD/LEO/Nurse/Paramedic) roll call!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Chesapeaketaco, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. Apr 18, 2018 at 10:46 AM
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    saundern

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    Anyone work for MEDIC in Charlotte, NC?
     
  2. Apr 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM
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  3. May 4, 2018 at 9:27 AM
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    Warrensburg volunteer checking in... In the third photo, I'm carrying the American Flag for our annual 9/11 memorial which includes 15 surrounding volunteer fire departments.

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  4. May 6, 2018 at 6:09 PM
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    How do they allow beards?
     
  5. May 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM
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  6. May 6, 2018 at 6:22 PM
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    Right! I'd love to grow mine back...
     
  7. May 7, 2018 at 5:18 AM
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    Because it's volunteer and not career? :notsure: We're only required to shave once a year, and that's for our yearly mask fit test. A bunch of us have beards.
     
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  8. May 7, 2018 at 5:24 AM
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    So how does the mask fit with a beard? Y'all must not get any fires. Our volunteer station has a policy that we must be clean shaven. A lot of guys don't necessarily shave every day but every other day or so to allow a proper seal with the SCBA.
     
  9. May 7, 2018 at 5:30 AM
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    And the beard will change whether the mask will seal against the face. You cannot get a seal . Protect yourself and shave or give up firefighting .

    Same for weight loss or gain.
     
  10. May 7, 2018 at 5:34 AM
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    We have between 250-300 calls a year, which doesn't include medical assist. We're only a town of 4,000 people. I personally have never had an issue getting a seal with a beard. Our chief even has a beard and all but one line officer has a beard or some sort of heavy facial hair.
     
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  11. May 7, 2018 at 5:40 AM
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    I was active duty Air Force for 10 years and currently Air National Guard, have a shaving waiver for medical reasons, and have taken many gas mask fit tests with facial hair and pass every single time.
     
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  12. May 7, 2018 at 5:46 AM
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  13. May 7, 2018 at 7:34 PM
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    Huh, well consider me jealous. I'm not trying to argue with you, it just goes against all "popular beliefs" and most station policies. Yall are lucky to have that.
     
  14. May 7, 2018 at 7:44 PM
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    Registered Nurse checking in here. 35 years' worth, including 8 years as a USAF Flight Nurse, served in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm. Also been an E.R. Nurse, ICU Nurse, and for most of my career, an Operating Room Nurse, specializing in Neurosurgery and Spine surgery, have also done a fair amount of Open Heart early on. Part of my ICU experience was in a maximum security prison hospital. Didn't want the tee-shirt after it was over.

    Much as I've enjoyed my career, I'm about "Nursed out"; ready to hang up my shingle and retire in another year and a half.
     
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  15. Jun 10, 2018 at 7:44 AM
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    The facial hair policy has always been a hot topic. It was recently discussed at a township level where I live. My department completes annual fit testing. A few years back one guy passed fit testing with a beard. Shaved and retested with no difference in the results. I think facial hair is ok as long as it’s kept reasonable and you pass fit testing. We have more of an issue with peoples changing face piece size from year to year.
     
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  16. Nov 6, 2018 at 6:10 PM
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  17. Nov 6, 2018 at 6:22 PM
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    From what I’ve seen on social media (before no shave November) Cali has quite a few departments that are lax about facial hair policy, much more lax than around here.
    Based on your experiences is this assessment accurate?
     
  18. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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    I am an EMT lookin' to go Paramedic.... Should I do it? I really enjoy learning about all things EMS... Any advice?
     
  19. Dec 5, 2018 at 7:26 AM
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    I would recommend it highly. a lot of departments are going to all Firefighter/Paramedic positions. If you have the means, definitely YES!!
     
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  20. Dec 5, 2018 at 7:42 AM
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    Started in the Fire service as a junior at 15 yoa in Connecticut and still in it at 52 yoa in New Mexico. I did 10 years on the floor as a Career FF/Operator in New Mexico and 5 years as a Career Asst. Fire Chief in New Mexico. The other 22 years I spent on Voluneer Departments.
     
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