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Atascadero to allow firefighters to show off tattoos – on a trial basis

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 23:15:31-04

The City of Atascadero is relaxing its tattoo rules for firefighters.

The fire department’s current policy states that all existing tattoos are to be covered while an employee is in uniform.

After firefighters recently asked for a policy change that allows tattoos to be visible, Chief Casey Bryson agreed to it, on a trial basis.

While the display of arm tattoos will be allowed during the trial period, tattoos on the hands, head, face, ear, or neck will still be banned. Sexually-suggestive, explicit, obscene, and gang or drug-related tattoos will also not be allowed.

The chief is asking for the public to weigh in on the policy. At the end of the trial period, he’ll decide whether to make the change permanent.