i was told i have to get a haircut?!?!?

WoodyPN

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Our requirements are:

Naturally occuring color.
Off the collar of our polos.
Cannot interfere with SCBA in anyway....regardless of whether our position even rates wearing an SCBA.
 

CaydenElizalde

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I work EMS on a native american reservation and am native american myself, so typically short hair on males I work with is uncommon. My hair actually extends to midway down my shoulder blades. It's just a cultural thing I suppose and it doesn't interfere.
 

MedicJon88

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When i was hired i could tie my hair back in a ponytail... something about living in the pacific northwest that compelled me to do so... It was just a pain in the field... and when it came time for summer i was dying- so i ended up cutting it anyways.. I was told if i was ever confronted about it- claim it was against my religion... only the oldschool FF and mangers hassled me about it- citing bs para-military standards... blah blah. They also exempt me on the Ear piercings untill they banned it outright... for guys- Female employees were still allowed to have a set of studs... i went around the rule by wearing clear spacers... Patients never complained about my apperance... just the Fire Fighters... i don't complain about them wearing turnouts to medical calls... oh wait.. i do...
 

usafmedic45

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Another point to keep in mind: is looking cool worth the risk of giving a combative or violent patient or bystander the perfect thing to grab you by?
 

MedicJon88

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Another point to keep in mind: is looking cool worth the risk of giving a combative or violent patient or bystander the perfect thing to grab you by?
Thats why we would have it tied back... plus I have non violent crisis intervention training...
 

Fish

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They should be made to look professional, whatever your interpretation of that is.
 

usafmedic45

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plus I have non violent crisis intervention training
So have several people I know who have been attacked by patients.

You're kidding right? The violent patients I've dealt with would eat you and your nonviolent crisis stuff for lunch.
What he said.
Thats why we would have it tied back
So that it's an effective handle. Remember, there's a reason why dual pigtails on a girl are half-jokingly referred to as "handlebars".
 

MedicJon88

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You're kidding right? The violent patients I've dealt with would eat you and your nonviolent crisis stuff for lunch.


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The point is to identify the escalation to crisis and remove yourself from the "violence"... *,**

*doesn't work for psychotic patients
**guess it doesn't work well in the back of an ambulance either...
 

shfd739

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The point is to identify the escalation to crisis and remove yourself from the "violence"... *,**

*doesn't work for psychotic patients
**guess it doesn't work well in the back of an ambulance either...
You made an answer for me. Is it really that big of a deal to not have long hair?



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Epi-do

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Couple thoughts... 1st:rock a mullet! Its off the ears and off the collar! 2nd: if you have to comb it, its too long. (except the mullet.) I have stuck with the razor fade with a 3 on top. Works for me and gets the ladies. And thats what this thread is really about :)
Since when is a mullet "off the collar"?

 

MedicJon88

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You made an answer for me. Is it really that big of a deal to not have long hair?
Depends on how you look at it? Hair for a lot of people is a major part of their identity- I wasn't interested in going fire- it set me apart from the cookie cutter FF look- And to stick it to them that I was medical and "wanted" to stay that way.
 

Sasha

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You made an answer for me. Is it really that big of a deal to not have long hair?



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I would change professions before i cut my hair.

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