Facial hair is a popular trend these days, which is prompting the question from many candidates on whether or not they can have a beard or other facial hair. So, can firefighters have beards? Generally, no, you will not be allowed to have a beard and will most likely be required to be clean shaven all times while on duty. It is common to see many young men sporting beards of all different lengths and styles. Many professions allow for this as long as the beard is well-groomed and hygienic.
You have probably seen firefighters breathing from air tanks on their backs that look like SCUBA tanks. Did you ever think that seems dangerous? The air tanks have a burst disk to prevent rupture from the increased pressure due to heat. How does an SCBA firefighter air tank work? Why is oxygen dangerous in a fire?
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