Danae Mines is an eleven-year veteran of the New York Fire Department but 2014 saw her entering an unchartered territory for everyone who served.
She will be coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb as the first female firefighter to pose in the department’s annual “beefcake calendar.”
“I’d love to inspire other women to come to the job,” Mines said on Tuesday at a Times Square calendar signing with her fellow firefighter pinups, which was attended mostly by moms and giddy young women with boyfriends in tow.
“Congratulations, baby! It’s your time to shine!” a male onlooker sang out to Mines.
Mines, an 11-year veteran who is one of only 41 female firefighters in the department, said she was originally discouraged from trying out for the calendar, although she did not disclose by who. Nevertheless, she joined more than 100 would-be models for calendar auditions and, while she felt nervous as the only woman in line, her fellow applicants welcomed her.
“The guys made me feel comfortable,” she said.
In the photo, Mines is dressed in a gray FDNY tank top with red suspenders, a fully loaded gear belt over olive work trousers, her arms crossed defiantly as one of New York’s Bravest.
“I’m proud of her,” said firefighter John Kilian, also known as Mr. December.
In another historic moment for women in the FDNY, Josephine Smith this year became the first daughter of a firefighter slain in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to join the force.
All proceeds of the $17.95 calendar go to various needs of the foundation. Purchase here and continue on through the gallery to see Mines’ clips from the photo shoot and her appearance on the local news.
Photos: FDNY, Pix 11