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Female Firefighters Looking To Break The Mold In FDNY

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK- Women in New York are flexing their muscles.

Taking part in some tough training all to prove firefighting is not just for men.

It's all part of a new push to get more women to become firefighters.

Some say fighting fire is a man's job, but don't tell that to this group.

New York Sports Club and the United Women Firefighters are preparing women for the force, by offering training course free of charge twice a week.

"Firefighting is one of the last frontiers. We have a very bad gender disparity in the FDNY, but that doesn't mean it can't change," said FDNY firefighter Sarinya Srisakul.

Gender equality among NYC firefighters falls way short of other cities, it's 0.4% and is 10 times less than the national average.

Of the 10,500 FDNY firefighters, only about 40 of them are female. Supporters of this program say it's a cry for recruitment.

Personal trainer Thompson Plyler is a former Marine, himself.

"I was in a situation where they were training me for life or death, and that's the same expectation I hold these to. Marines was a position of honor, and to be a firefighter in New York is a position of honor. ...They are getting yelled at, they're getting screamed at for two hours twice a week, and coming back for more."

For Josephine smith, becoming a firefighter isn't just a job, it's a way to honor her father, who gave his life during the 9/11 attacks.

"I used to go with him to the firehouse a lot. And I used to always dream of being a firefighter. Women can do just about anything that guys can do. We've proven it. We have to push a little bit harder physically, but I think that makes us stronger," said Smith.

To become an FDNY graduate, the qualifications for men and women are the same: run a mile and a half in 12 minutes, 30 pushups, 30 sit-ups, and four chin-ups.

The final test has eight events. They must be completed in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds. It starts with 14 stories of stair climbing, wearing a 75 pound weighted vest.

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