BROOKLYN (WABC) — A new class of probationary firefighters graduated today in New York City.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano presided over the ceremony for 242 men and women.
The new class is the most diverse in the Fire Department’s history with 62 percent of its members identifying as minorities – including 24 percent as black and 36 percent as Hispanic. The previous most diverse class graduated in May 2013, when 40 percent of Probationary Firefighters were from minority backgrounds.
The new Firefighters, known as “probies,” graduated after completing a rigorous training program at the Department’s Training Academy located on Randall’s Island. The Mayor and Commissioner congratulated the new class in a ceremony held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, where they were joined by several hundred family members, friends and fellow firefighters.
“The members of this graduating class come from a wide range of backgrounds and represent the very best of our city – and our country. Congratulations,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
“This new class of Probies is the most diverse in FDNY history and moves us closer to our long-stated goal of a Department that better reflects the city we serve,” said Commissioner Cassano.