She's been fighting fires for over a decade.
And now, Danae Mines has become the first woman to be featured in the annual FDNY "Calendar of Heroes." Miss March 2015 is one of only 41 women in the department and is currently posted to Engine 60 in the Bronx.
The calendar typically features 12 months of shirtless, male eye candy, but Mines told the New York Daily News she was determined to make the cut after she heard about an open call audition.
"They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl,” she told the Daily News. "I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I was determined."
Mines made the cut and appeared in the calendar wearing an FDNY tank with red suspenders. She her efforts can inspire young girls to dream of becoming a firefighters.
There are 10,000 firefighters in New York City and only 41 of them are women.
"I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job," she said.
But for Mines, there was something a little extra special about being named Miss March.
"I love the picture they took, and I love the month," she said. "It's Women's History Month."
Proceeds from the calendar sales benefit the FDNY Foundation, which uses the funds train firefighters and educate communities of fire safety.
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