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As a fire lieutenant in Baltimore County, Maryland, and a trustee at the IAWFES, she knows how difficult it can be for women to assimilate in a fire department.

think it is SO SO cool that you have a lady in the calendar this year, one Facebook user said. am glad that a sexy woman of color is representing not just the FDNY but FD Ladies all over the country. commenter was equally inspired.

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She joins 12 male colleagues on the calendar steamy pages and will be featured in March.

firefighters in all ranks of the FDNY and 46 of those are women, according to the department. That equals less than half of one percent.

I step foot into the firehouse, I have to be able to tell myself that I willing to risk my life to save someone else, Mines told the Daily News.

wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job. is a 14 year veteran of the FDNY and a member of Engine Co. 60 in the South Bronx, the department told CNN.

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nonprofit FDNY Foundation.

From the FDNY Facebook page to the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, the reaction to Mines calendar inclusion has been overwhelmingly positive.

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And this week, with her trademark determination, she broke through a different traditionally all male barrier: the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.

really appreciate that (Mines goal was to let other women know they can do it, Hughes said. me, when little girls come up to me and say now I know I can do this, it the best feeling. woman is helping more people understand. proceeds from the 2015 Calendar of Heroes benefit the Nike Lebron Zoom Soldier 8

(CNN) Eleven years ago, Danae Mines ignored her family objections and became one of the few female firefighters with the New York City Fire Department, better known as the FDNY.

was very fortunate that I worked for a metro department with 18% female firefighters, when nationwide it about 4%, she said. was well accepted. In other departments it can be very difficult. listed several issues the IAWFES seeks to address for female firefighters, including the need for personal bathrooms, sleeping quarters and freedom from workplace harassment.

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I just say how freakin awesome it is to see a woman in the FDNY? I know there are female fire fighters but they are so far few between even better that she made the calendar!!! Keep saving lives girl!!! You are an inspiration to women everywhere! type of reaction is exactly what Angela Hughes wants to hear.

Still, Hughes felt that Mines inclusion in the FDNY calendar was a sign of slight progress.

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not easy to fit in, she told CNN. stereotype is that you a Nike Metcon Reddit fireman. But we firefighters and we trained to do the job. Not everyone needs to be a muscle bound giant to do the job. It is about technique. has been in the fire service for 21 years.

First woman firefighter poses for FDNY Calendar of Heroes charity calendar

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always go above and beyond, because that my job. positive reaction

Like Mines, she joined after being an emergency medical technician.

with a reputation for showcasing traditional masculinity must catch up with the times.

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