Section I-15

Personal Grooming Policy

Purpose:  To establish personal grooming standards to all firefighters who will be required to participate in interior attacks during structure fires, or otherwise need to don a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Scope:   This policy pertains to all firefighter personnel within Three Star Fire Department that actively participate in or may be called to participate in interior attacks during structure fires, or otherwise required to don a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and associated masks for any emergency requiring such.

Policy:

All Three Star Fire Department personnel qualified to engage in interior structural firefighting will have their hair, beards, and sideburns neatly groomed so that they do not interfere with the proper donning of face masks and preventing a proper seal and other personal protective equipment.

Any firefighter or officer who is not properly groomed and utilizes SCBA will do so at his/her own risk and the Three Star Fire Department will not tolerate any violation of this policy.

If the hair length of a firefighter is below the shirt collar, then he/she will place the hair in a pony tail and tucked under the hood and turnout coat with the collar snapped closed in the up position.