NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City has nearly 300 new firefighters.
Two hundred and 91 probationary firefighters are graduating from the academy Friday, reports CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.READ MORE: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Visit Elementary School In Harlem During Trip To New York City
The FDNY also says this year’s class is one of the most diverse with nearly 43 percent identifying as visible minorities.
The only year the graduation featured more women becoming firefighters was back in the Class of 1982, the first year women were eligible to join the FDNY.READ MORE: NYC Moving Ahead With Plans To Build Affordable Housing On Site Of Little Italy Community Garden
Fire commissioner Daniel Nigro says it’s a reflection that the job is available to every man and woman looking to join New York’s bravest.
“The number of our female firefighters grows with each class, and through their brave service, these young women will now inspire young girls across the city to one day follow in their footsteps into the worlds greatest fire department,” said Nigro.
The probationary firefighters will be assigned to firehouses across the city to get the field experience they need.MORE NEWS: Reopenings Continue On Broadway As 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Resumes Performances
The FDNY now has 87 female firefighters, the most in department history.