Progress: The FDNY Now Has as Many Female Firefighters as It Did In 1982

A discussion between the UWF and the FDNY public relations team revealed that the FDNY was including uniformed medical staff in their overall numbers of women, instead of just counting firefighters and fire officers.

In an email to the Voice yesterday, FDNY spokesperson Elisheva Zakheim defended that 47 number as being "technically correct," but said the FDNY won't count medical staff in their official numbers anymore. She wrote: "The 47 number while being technically correct in terms of payroll for uniformed members of the Fire service - the 41 is a reflection those who rose through the rank of Firefighter. Going forward, the numbers will reflect that definition."

"I'm extremely happy to see us reach this historic number," UWF president Sarinya Srisakul tell us. "It's sad that it took the department 32 years, but we -- the UWF -- are working hard to change our numbers. Three out of the four graduates trained with us, and I've watched one of them throughout her entire process of becoming a firefighter. Tw of the women are coming to my area, and one to my battalion. The changes are real, and are affecting me and my personal life in a very positive way. I'm just really happy and proud of these women. The hard work that me and my organization put forth is all made worthwhile today."



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4 comments
eliza5679
eliza5679

As a friend of a female firefighter, I can tell you that the fire departments can definitely be biased and hostile environments for women.  Of course women need to be qualified, but the jerks commenting here might be surprised to learn there are a lot of strong, smart women out there who would make great firefighters.

yonjuro
yonjuro

Unfair! unfair!  We need to redistribute upper body strength!

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Can they haul out a 250lb guy over their shoulders?

Jonathan Milenko
Jonathan Milenko

More important: Is the FDNY more/less effective at fighting fires as it was in 1982?

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