From the Pirate King. A Jewish fireman is suing because of his FD’s grooming standards. It is a safety issue, not an image issue. Fireman sometimes work on the Sabbath and holidays too. They come into contact with “unclean” animals and people. This gets a WTF! from me. I love all of our freedoms, and I continue to fight for them. However, my favorite freedom in the US is the freedom to change your circumstance. The reason firefighters do not wear beards is their SCBAs. A beard makes the air tank less efficient in the best case, and inoperable in extreme cases. I have used various breathing devices in my jobs over the last nine years. Bare skin gets the best seal. I love the Jews. I believe they are God’s chosen, as the Bible teaches. But this guy is being over the top.