Leadership

First Women Recruits In New York Fire Dept.

Issue 11 and Volume 135.

First Women Recruits In New York Fire Dept. FROM THE PUBLISHER What’s new in the New York Fire Department is —in one word —women. After a long court battle and a revised physical agility test, 43 women became members of a recruit class. FHowever, one appointee — the wife of a New York fire fighter-decided that caring for her children and husband rated a higher priority than becoming a fire fighter. Two other precedent-setters also dropped out of the class. At a swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Koch told the recruits that their training would be the same, rigorous preparation for fire duty that has been given to their predecessors. That is as it should be. Graduates will have assurance that they are prepared and able to do the job and the city will be assured that it has added fire fighters to its fire department. While we re on the subject…

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