Got to love irony.
This will depend entirely upon the policy of the Department your applying for. Some may not allow the tats while others wouldnt have issues.
Why didnt you ask yourself this question before you got tattoos, if you knew what you wanted to do with your life ???
It can vary from department to department. Some don't have any problem while others are very strict about no visible ink. One of my departments has no problem with tattoos if they are not visible. We had a volunteer come in with a sleeve type tattoo on his lower arm of sea animals (fish,starfish, etc) that was actually a pretty cool and well done tat. The dept didn't have any policy about visible tats at the time and the BC's or anyone on the shift had a problem with it. The AC saw it one day and just said "Oh, thats colorful" then a few hours later, we had a SOG about covering all tattoos. The volunteer just had to wear long sleeve shirts to make sure it was always covered but nothing else.
I would say don't let it stop you from working towards your goal of getting into the fire service. It may keep you from getting into some departments but there are many that allow them or just have you make sure they are covered.
They do make skin toned sleeves that can be worn to cover up tats.
Mike, SoCal policy is nothing but Liberal B.S. , I have ink on parts of my body that can be covered up with a uniform , hell a T-shirt for that matter. so they would tell me to go and i would.. but come back with a Lawyer and sue them for discrimination..... And people wonder why cali is so #$@#$%$&% up. You can keep Cali.........
Mike, SoCal policy is nothing but Liberal B.S.
Which conservative talking head told you to think that?