25 Stunning Vintage Photographs Of Female Firefighters

From as early as 1916, the ladies have been gettin’ it done.

1. 1916, The UK Women’s Fire Brigade takes a salute.

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2. 1916, Preparing for a fire drill.

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3. 1916, Conducting a drill with hoses and extinguishers.


4. 1916, Members of the Woman’s Fire Brigade with their chief officer.

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5. 1916, Putting a fire escape into position.

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6. 1922, Training with hosepipes.

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7. 1925, Women of Achille Serre Ltd’s Private Fire Brigade head off to compete in the London Fire Brigades’ Tournament.

They are defending champions in the women’s events.

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8. 1926, A member of the Achille Serre Ladies Fire Brigade in London.

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9. 1928, Two firefighters during a drill.

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10. 1928, Demonstrating the use of a portable fire extinguisher.

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11. 1928, A rescue drill in progress.

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12. 1930, Staff of the Girls Fire Brigade in Berkshire.

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13. 1938, a female firefighter models a new uniform.

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14. 1939, Group of Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) women “keeping fit” with a game of leap-frog.

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15. 1939, An AFS member during morning inspection at a Manchester fire station.

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16. 1940, AFS women work at the London fire regional control room.

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17. 1941, New recruits in the control room at London’s Auxiliary Fire Service.

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18. 1941, chorus girls respond to the call for volunteer “fire watchers” are trained by the Newcastle Fire Brigade.

19. 1941, Women train at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII.

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20. 1941, Training at the UK’s Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway practice for blitz fires.

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21. 1942, Training at the Imperial War Museum Fire Fighting School.

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22. 1942, Female firefighters during a skills demonstration.

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23. 1942, Volunteer fire guards stow away a hose into a portable trailer.

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24. 1950, A competitor at the Minneapolis Auxiliary Fire Crews Competition in Minnesota.

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25. 1961, Margaret Scaife and Marjorie Barrrow compete in the British Railways Inter-Regional Fire Fighting Finals at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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