New era for the Bravest as New York fire department welcomes first transgender firefighter

New York is breaking new ground by welcoming the first transgender firefighter to its ranks.

The tall blonde is a male to female desk worker who goes by the name of Brooke.

She is a third generation firefighter and her father, who worked on 9/11, is still with the department, known as the Bravest.

New York firefighters, known as the Bravest following their 9/11 heroics, have a transgender worker in their ranks for the first time

New York firefighters, known as the Bravest following their 9/11 heroics, have a transgender worker in their ranks for the first time

She works at Metrotech HQ, which is notorious for its macho environment, with only 32 women on the staff.

Brooke, whose surname has not been released, handles the scheduling appointments for recruits.

'It’s a tremendously courageous decision,' one firefighter told the New York Post.

'Hopefully everyone will be supportive.'

Brooke said in a statement: 'I am appreciative of the support that the FDNY has given me during this time in my life.

'However, it is my expressed wish that the details of my personal and professional life remain private.'

The FDNY has long been criticised for not employing enough black and female firefighters among its staff.

White males make up 91 per cent of the 11,000-strong department.

It does have a lesbian and gay support group and some members are openly gay.

But Brooke is the first known transgender woman in the ranks.

One veteran on the staff said some of the Bravest would find it hard to deal with the gender change, but for the vast majority it wouldn't 'amount to a hill of beans'.

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