Friday was a historic day for the FDNY. A new fleet of firefighters graduated in Queens with a record number of women.

Of the nearly 300 graduates, 15 of them are women. That's the largest number since 1982, when 41 women became the first female firefighters ever to join the FDNY.

The Department now has a total of 87 women firefighters, the most in its history.

"I am super proud, and I feel like I can set an example for younger girls as well who want to become firefighters and want to do anything that's male-dominated. If you got it, you got it, girl, and she should do it," said Chris Arnaud, one of the female graduates.

This class is also one of the most diverse. People of color comprise more than 40 percent of the graduates.

Nearly 25 percent identify as Hispanic and 15 percent as African-American.