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Does a tattoo reflect badly on a firefighter?


On the front page of today’s Los Angeles Daily News, there was a story about the new policy at the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters’ tattoos must be covered up at all times. Apparently, the LAFD brass thinks that tattoos are… unprofessional? Not the proper image that the department wants to project?

FirefighterTattoos must be covered in the firehouse as well, and according to the story they even have to be covered up while the firefighters are sleeping. Yeah, sure, the general public is keeping an eye on THAT.

This is the same fire department that recently paid out over a million bucks to settle a complaint about a practical joke. It seems to me that they’ve got their priorities way, way wrong. If I call the fire department, I don’t care what the firefighters look like while they’re dealing with the blaze. If they’re out doing presentations to school kids or in some other situation where image is king, OK, no problem, cover the ink. But it just seems to me that there are a lot more serious things the department ought to be putting on its worry list.

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Author: infmom

I got my first tattoo when I was 46. I hope the people who read this blog don't have to wait that long. I love talking about body art.


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  2. I think it’s more important what a person’s like on the inside than what they’re like on the outside. But old prejudices take a long time to go away.

  3. Since from long time ago, I feel firefighters are some of the bravest professionals out there. And I’m also will respect them always…

    The firefighter tattoo was actually designed to honor the firefighters who are the heroes. In its classic form, it involves drawing the portraits of the firefighters on the body.

  4. I think this is retarted im not gonna say what company they are in but some firefighters in my famliy and local departments dont cover them up i dont care what they look like when they r fightin a blaze but if they go in to the public to like schools or something like that then cover them up but other then that i really dont care.

    • I agree, it doesn’t make a bit of difference or affect the firefighters’ abilities in any way. Covering up tattoos in school might be a good idea, but it shouldn’t be mandatory while they’re out fighting fires.

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