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Website Matches Workers in Uniforms

Some jobs are so unique that others don't understand the many advantages and disadvantages of staying on them.

For example, there's danger involved in being a fireman, policemen, or serviceman or woman. Yet the rewards of knowing you are making a tremendous contribution to society make it worthwhile.

Also, no matter how you look at it, these unique "uniformed jobs" usually are hard on mates, partners and sources-and finding one who understands and can cope with the anxiety and strange hours is often difficult.

Along comes a dating service where single professionals can find plenty of women and men in uniform with similar challenges. 

The site appeals to all who wear uniforms, such as police officers, firemen, soldiers, military singles, nurses, doctors, and pilots. The site also appeals to those who are not in uniform, but want to date those who are. Many uniformed professions involve odd schedules and variable hours and require a relationship built around these realities. The singles that log onto are interested in the men and women behind the uniform, but they also share similar work patterns, responsibilities and challenges.

Here are some examples of the demanding work schedules that challenge most uniformed professionals:

Most police officers work at least 40 hours a week. Because police work is a 24- hour-a-day job, some police officers have to work nights and weekends. They have to be ready to go to work at all times, often on short notice.

Because patients need 24-hour care, nurses work nights, weekends and holidays.

Firemen work in 24-hour shifts, reporting to work at 7AM and work until 7AM the next day. On average, firefighters work a total of 56 hours per week, but since these hours are worked on a continual basis, firefighters enjoy a lot of time off -- typically, 20 days each month are spent off-duty. 

Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flights often involve overnight layovers. Those who fly international routes may experience severe jetlag and have variable schedules.

 The next time you have a fantasy in the middle of the night about a Fireman or woman climbing up to your window on a ladder -- rescuing you from a world of loneliness and certain boredom -- just remember there's an actual dating site to help you try and find that man or woman of your dreams. 

The site is owned and operated by Cupid plc, with a total of 54 million members in 58 countries. Please for more information.


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