I was in the first class of women to become NYC Firefighters in 1982. Throughout my career I was privileged to work with John Jay College on three successive physical training programs geared towards helping young women candidates prepare for the FDNY physical agilities exam. I personally witnessed the added benefits of young women working with other like-minded women and most importantly, women firefighters, and those benefits can not be understated. The level of support, camaraderie and effort increased tenfold. Is mine a scientific, quantifiable statement? No. But the job of firefighting relies on much more than quantifiable elements. It also relies on “heart.” And the commitment, caring, cheering and just plain hard work, I saw numerous young women put forth in their efforts to become New York’s Bravest over the years, speaks towards encouraging them to work together as women. A training program in partnership with women firefighters, geared towards THESE young women would go a long, long way towards ensuring them the best chance to reach their goal.