This week the FDNY academy’s graduating class included six women. While this is not the largest number of women in a graduating class, they bring the total number of women firefighters to 64 (or .6 percent), the highest number of women in FDNY’s history.

While the United Women Firefighters organization know it’s going to take a long time to reach gender parity, they are doing their part to recruit more women to join New York’s Bravest. They’ve just released this outrageously inspiring video to solicit new women recruits “who want to challenge themselves and take the firefighter exam.”

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Dana Williams / Via JoinFDNY

In an email from Sarinya Srisakul, President of United Women Firefighters, she explains the process and benefits to becoming a NYC firefighter:

The first step to becoming a firefighter in NYC is the exam, which is only open once every 4-5 years; the last exam was in 2012!

There is a strict age restriction…you have to be 17.5 years old and no older than 29 years old to be eligible. That means the max age is 28. The exception to this rule is that if you are a military vet, you can subtract up to 6 years for active duty service. This is a rare opportunity, so if you do qualify, register NOW

While the test is challenging, and the job is hard… it’s not impossible. The United Women Firefighters offers a free training program for women who want to be NYC Firefighters. If you’re in the area, we are having an Open House on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. Information here.

There are a million reasons to become a firefighter. The pay and benefits are excellent. The schedule is flexible. Childcare is possible. The job is rewarding. You get to help others and be a part of something bigger than yourself. The job itself is exciting and thrilling…you never know what to expect on any given day. If you are the type that hates routine, that loathes sitting in an office… this is the job for you.

Check out this FAQ page that might answer some of your questions. And check out this for your firefighter exam specific questions.