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. 

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.

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.

The FDNY now has 87 female firefighters, the most in department history.