Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran of the FDNY, has become the first woman to ever be featured in the department’s annual beefcake Calendar of Heroes.
Mines, who is assigned to Engine Co. 60 in the South Bronx, tells New York media that she always wanted to be in the calendar but was told it was an honor reserved for the guys.
She took that as a challenge and showed up for auditions last year for the 2015 calendar – the only woman among more than 100 male firefighters vying for the 13 featured spots.
She’s used to those odds: She’s one of only 41 female firefighters in the entire department.
“I was told that it was all guys,” Mines tells New York Daily News. “They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.”
The calendar – which raises money for fire safety education, firefighter training and equipment – has historically been beefcake, full of photos of shirtless firefighters.
But there’s nothing cheesecake about Mines’ photo. She wears a gray FDNY tank top and red suspenders with an equipment belt slung over olive work pants.
“I’d love to inspire other women to come to the job,” she told Reuters at a Times Square calendar signing this week that was attended mostly by women.
One of the few men in the crowd yelled out to Mines: “Congratulations, baby! It’s your time to shine!”