Danae Mines, 41, has broken the mold. The 11-year-veteran with New York’s Fire Department, FDNY, has become the first female ever to be featured in the Calendar of Heroes. Miss March is assigned to Engine Co. 6 in South Bronx. “I was told that it was all guys,” Mines tells the Daily News.
“They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.” The calendar’s claim to fame is featuring sexy shirtless men.
Mines, who wouldn’t take no or not right now for an answer, attended the open call and was among the 100 men vying for an opportunity to nab one of the coveted spots. She was photographed by Patrick McMullen for the FDNY 2015, the official Calendar of Heroes, which sells for $17.95.
She dreamed of becoming a firefighter, but history told her she would be fighting an uphill battle trying to join a force reserved for men. She chose a career as an EMT instead. Destiny is written all over her story. She received an early promotion in 2003 to become a firefighter and she refused to let the opportunity pass. She is one of 41 women on the force and is proud of her accomplishment.
All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go directly to the FDNY Foundation to promote fire safety education for residents and provide equipment and training for firefighters.