Mike, i don't want to beat up the messenger, i just get so pissed when "big brother / sister" tell me what i can do / is good for me.. They should hire on If "you" can or want to do the job. But no matter I'll stick with the east coast / So. east.
Stay safe mike
first of all, don't give up on the thought of being a firefighter. if you have wanted to be one for so long then do it. I've been a vollie for 13 years. i have 6 tats myself. none of my chiefs through the years have ever had a problem with it. i have several career friends that depending on the content of the tat is whether it has to be covered or not. and as far a LAFD they are doing nothing but setting themselves up for a major discrimination lawsuit. to do a swim test to look for ink could be considered as discrimination. a good attorney would eat that up. this is just my 2 cents.
I saw a show called First In. It is a cops style show that followed around a Compton fd. On the the show the Bat.Chief had full sleeves and tats on his neck. So I know it can't be all of Cali that is that way.
I have one tatto on my back, and I doubt that 90% of my department even know that I have it. We have others with tattos as well and as long as they are not offensive or can be covered it has not been an issue. Actually I believe that my Chief has one on his calf.
Good luck with that. I happened to be at the desk today while some potential FF's came in to sign the list. One I thought was looking for a cutting and welding permit because he showed up unshaven in a torn sweatshirt full of holes. Maybe it was to cover his tattoos.
Yeah, keep tryin that and let me know how it works out for ya, kid.
Yeah, you probably didn't consider that there are a hundred guys in line for the job.
Or that appearance counts.
Shake your fist about how "unfair" it is to judge on how a person looks, but it also has to do with how much a person wants to fit in, or stand out and buck the system. Also about how they consider the consequences of their actions.
this question reminds me of "guys with earrings" stuff back in the 70's. those that "demanded" to wear one because of their right to do so stopped after the first worker...(for some reason)...as for tats as you describe them, i see no problem with them, the department is hiring you, not the tats. good luck to you