323 New NYC Firefighters Set to be Sworn In

Associated Press - December 29, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City is getting 323 new firefighters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro ( (NEYE'-groh) will swear in a new class of probationary firefighters Monday. The mayor is scheduled to deliver remarks.

Officials say there are 4 women among the new recruits. They'll join 44 women already serving among the city's roughly 10,500 uniformed firefighters.

Officials say 17 percent of the new class identifies as black, 24 percent as Hispanic and four percent as Asian.

The city's fire department has historically been overwhelmingly white and male.

The new firefighters have gone through 18 weeks of training in fire suppression, medical responses, hazardous material handling and other subjects.