Why are there so few female firefighters in the FDNY?

NEW YORK (PIX11) - At her job as a New York City firefighter, Sarinya Srisakul is surrounded by guys.  One of of only about 43 women including 6 recruits in a Department of about 8,000 firefighters, according to the FDNY.

In the Chicago Fire Department, there are about 150 female firefighters out of 4,5000 firefighters according to a lieutenant there.

Training is anything but easy for Srisakul and others at the New York Sports Club on Wall Street where firefighters and hopefuls train.

There is a big push right now to recruit more women into the FDNY.

The FDNY Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said, “Our extraordinary and unprecedented outreach has resulted in the largest group of potential female candidates ever, and we’ll soon have more women as firefighters than ever before in the FDNY.”

In advance of the 2012 exam, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity launched an aggressive campaign to attract traditionally underrepresented groups to the FDNY.

As a result, more than 51,000 women filled expression of interest forms with recruiters and in 2012 more women than ever before filed to take the exam, according to the FDNY.

Just 80 percent of the FDNY facilities are equipped for both men and women, according to the FDNY. The FDNY is working to update all the facilities. Some firehouses are at least 100 years ago.

The standards for entry into the FDNY are the same for women and  men.

 

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