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Be The Hero: Get to Know Regina Wilson's Story

Regina Wilson was only the 12th African-American woman to join the FDNY when she entered the force in 1999. During the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, she was on the scene as one of the first responders at the World Trade Center site. Read More »

FDNY Swears in First Openly Gay, First Female Chaplain

The New York Fire Department is a historically homogeneous force: until 1977, the department banned women from service. And when women like Brenda Berkman finally won the right to sign up, they were bullied.  Read More »

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Good News, Bad News for FDNY Women?

Information about women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) invariably has a kind of “good news, bad news” quality to it.  In 1982, 40 women became the first women to be hired as FDNY firefighters after the FDNY hiring procedures were found by a court to be not job-rel Read More »