FDNY Makes Surprisingly Non-Objectifying Calendar Of Firefighting Women
By: Kari Sonde
Is there anything better than a calendar of hunky firefighters? Try a calendar celebrating the New York Fire Department’s fire fightin’ females.
This year, FDNY’s Calendar of Heroes will not only include 12 months of ridiculously chiseled man abs, but also 12 months of banging female biceps. Not only that, but for the first time ever, smokin’ hot (I’m sorry) FDNY EMTs and paramedics are in there too.
“I’m proud that the 2017 is the first calendar the Department has produced which truly represents all of our heroes,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “The men and women who risk their lives as Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics every day to keep New York City safe.”
While this isn’t the first time a fire fightin’ female (trademarking this term, brb) has been in the calendar, it is the first time we get 12 whole months of them. Last year, Danae Mines, an 11 year FDNY firefighter, got a page in the calendar after she was initially told that the calendar was only for men.
“Besides raising money for the FDNY Foundation and representing for the women, I wanted other females to see me and inspire them to do this job,” Mines said.
This year, the whole team is involved for this epic calendar.
“It’s pretty cool that we’re doing it together,” FDNY EMT Michelle Campbell told the NY Daily News. “We’re both equally strong. We all save lives. It’s pretty cool to get a heartbeat back when someone flatlines.”
The FDNY has only 49 women among a team that includes over 10,000 men, so it’s nice to see that they’re trying to represent an underrepresented group. Not only that, but they presented the women pretty damn tastefully: instead of over-sexualizing, as is the norm with these type of calendars, they presented the women in their actual fire gear (not like this).
“We want to inspire other young ladies,” said Melissa Bennett, FDNY December, to ABC7.
The Calendar of Heroes can be bought here for $17.95. The proceeds of the FDNY Calendar of Heroes supports fire safety educational programs as well as the training for more firefighters. Which is great because fire is dangerous.
Overall, this is a fun, great thing to support a good cause, which is nice in a world of this.
There’s some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s lit 🔥.
[Image via FDNY]