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: Driver Wanted After Jeep Plows Into Family On Bronx Sidewalk; 'Car Sped Up To Hit Us,' Witness Says
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: Eric Adams: Mayoral Campaign Worker Stabbed In Bronx
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: NYPD: Man In Wheelchair Grazed On Cheek By Stray Bullet In Crown Heights
The FDNY now has 87 female firefighters, the most in department history.