New York Black Firefighters’ Organization The Vulcan Society Gets First Woman President

January 22, 2015  |  

The Fire Department New York was more than 90 percent white and male in 2012. Not much has changed since then, but the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization representing African-American FDNY firefighters, has made a major move. The organization just inaugurated its first woman president.

“This is a joyous occasion,” said Regina Wilson, the newly elected president. “I’m so very happy just to be able to be a part of this historical organization.”

In 2011, then a 12-year veteran of the FDNY, Wilson was one of only 29 women in a workforce of over 10,000 firefighters and fire officers, reports Women You Should Know. And today she is one of only 10 African-American women in the department.

The job is not an easy one. Every day she puts her life on the line. During the 9/11 attack in 2001 she was on the scene as a 9/11 first responder at the World Trade Center site.  Seven members of her firehouse – Engine 219 in Park Slope, Brooklyn –died that day.

Many have been following Wilson’s career and her swearing-in ceremony as Vulcan president attracted some of the city’s top officials, as well political trailblazer and former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, reports CBS New York.

“This is an organization that’s made history for a very long time, and it’s made history today,” she said.

Wilson previously served as vice president for the Vulcan Society, and has been an active member of the group for all her 15 years on the job. She was also president of the United Women Firefighters from 2007 until 2011.

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