The FDNY held an event Saturday in its efforts to recruit a more women firefighters, reports heraldrecorder.com.
About 200 women battled mock fires and worked hydrants throughout a hands-on “Women’s History Month” recruitment event at the FDNY’s instruction facility on Randalls Island Saturday afternoon.
Currently, 44 women count themselves among the department’s 10,500 firefighters.
The group integrated teens in the FDNY explorers program, military veterans, and girls who currently took the most recent firefighter exam and are presently on the list of prospective hires more than the next handful of years.
“I feel women are just as capable as men,” 23-year-old Illana Polanco said immediately after trying her hand at operating a hose and battling a staged dumpster fire. “I just want to be able to help people, place out fires and save lives.”
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