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Firewoman Collection

"Firewoman: A Symbol of Bravery and Resilience Throughout History" In the realm of firefighting, women have always been a force to be reckoned with

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Uniform for School Team. Southwark Training Centre

Uniform for School Team. Southwark Training Centre

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Merryweather horsed steam pump and firewomen

Merryweather horsed steam pump and firewomen
A Merryweather horsed steam pump and firewomen

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Blitz in London -- AFS firefighters, WW2

Blitz in London -- AFS firefighters, WW2
Blitz in London -- a personal photograph, taken by a colleague, of life in the AFS at a sub-station, showing firewomen on the Heavy Unit of Sub-station 67Z

Background imageFirewoman Collection: American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo)

American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo)
GIA4715205 American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: American fire brigade vehicle. 1919.); © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography

Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography
GIA4715380 Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography. by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Women Firefighters during World War 1

Women Firefighters during World War 1
3786761 Women Firefighters during World War 1; (add.info.: Women Firefighters during World War 1. Sleeping in bunks ready for call out. April 1916. The Illustrated News, April 5, 1916)

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Women Firefighters during World War 1

Women Firefighters during World War 1
3786764 Women Firefighters during World War 1; (add.info.: Women Firefighters during World War 1. Drill scene at London Work House. April 1916. The Illustrated News, April 5, 1916)

Background imageFirewoman Collection: False Alarm, 1905 (print)

False Alarm, 1905 (print)
3673879 False Alarm, 1905 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFirewoman Collection: The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673886 The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print)

Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673860 Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print)

Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673857 Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print) by Jerome H. Remick & Co. (early 20th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune)

Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month
8599107 Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month, 1866 (ink and colour on paper) by Kunichika

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print)

Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673839 Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Pond & Co. (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Auxiliary firewoman

Auxiliary firewoman
Mrs Aird, on duty in the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) which was founded in 1938. Date: 1939

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3673851

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3673848

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Background imageFirewoman Collection: A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897

A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897
878597 A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897. by English School, (19th century); Private Collection

Background imageFirewoman Collection: St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo)

St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo)
1787293 St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c. 1850 (engraving)

Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c. 1850 (engraving)
7392822 Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c.1850 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Peter Newark Pictures

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Herbert Morrison, mobile kitchen donation, WW2

Herbert Morrison, mobile kitchen donation, WW2
The Home Secretary, Herbert Morrison, on 5 September 1941, visiting a mobile kitchen donated to the National Fire Service by the Sydney Chamber of Commerce. A firewoman looks up at him and smiles

Background imageFirewoman Collection: The Last Fast Thing, 1866. Artist: George du Maurier

The Last Fast Thing, 1866. Artist: George du Maurier
The Last Fast Thing, 1866 Women who attempted to enter the public sphere of men were often labelled fast. Here, Punch takes a dig at such women, showing an entirely female fire crew

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Auxiliary firefighters group photograph, WW2

Auxiliary firefighters group photograph, WW2
Men and women of the Auxiliary Fire Service in a group photo

Background imageFirewoman Collection: NFS dispatch rider training, WW2

NFS dispatch rider training, WW2
A firewoman dispatch rider under instruction

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Blitz in London -- women in the Auxiliary Fire Service, WW2

Blitz in London -- women in the Auxiliary Fire Service, WW2
Blitz in London -- women in the Auxiliary Fire Service marchng

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Women in the Auxiliary Fire Service, WW2

Women in the Auxiliary Fire Service, WW2
Formed in 1933, the Auxiliary Fire Service played a vital part in the London Fire Brigades efforts to deal with the bombing, and resultant Blitz, upon London

Background imageFirewoman Collection: London AFS firewoman at a hospital during the Blitz, WW2

London AFS firewoman at a hospital during the Blitz, WW2
London AFS firewoman at a hospital for medical attention during the Blitz

Background imageFirewoman Collection: NFS (London Region No 5) firewomans uniform, WW2

NFS (London Region No 5) firewomans uniform, WW2
Created in 1941, the NFS nationalised the British Fire Service and split the UK into different regions. Seen here is a London firewoman in the NFS uniform

Background imageFirewoman Collection: NFS firewoman

NFS firewoman
May (Mary) Belbin was a firewoman at Testwood where the Canadians trained. She served refreshments when the service had field days

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Woman Firefighter - Taking on traditional male roles

Woman Firefighter - Taking on traditional male roles
First World War postcard charting womens role in filling many traditionally male jobs. In this case, a female firefighter stands in her uniform, hose at the ready. Date: circa 1916

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Royal visit to LFB Lambeth HQ, WW2

Royal visit to LFB Lambeth HQ, WW2
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth at a Review of Firewomen at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade during the Second World War. Date: 1944

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Woman firefighter during WWI

Woman firefighter during WWI
Woman firefighter photographed here wearing unform and holding a hose, during World War One. Date: 1916

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Firewomen, a rescue on an iron staircase, WW1

Firewomen, a rescue on an iron staircase, WW1
A firewoman demonstrating a rescue on an iron staircase using another lady as her prop. Business firms in the West End trained women in the Fire Brigade drill so they could take the place of male

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Royal visit to LFB Lambeth HQ, WW2

Royal visit to LFB Lambeth HQ, WW2
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth at a Review of Firewomen at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade during the Second World War

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Queen Elizabeth reviews firewomen at Lambeth, WW2

Queen Elizabeth reviews firewomen at Lambeth, WW2
Review by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth of firewomen at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Queen Elizabeth on a balcony reviewing firewomen, WW2

Queen Elizabeth on a balcony reviewing firewomen, WW2
Review by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth of firewomen at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade

Background imageFirewoman Collection: Queen Elizabeth reviews firewomen at Lambeth HQ, WW2

Queen Elizabeth reviews firewomen at Lambeth HQ, WW2
Review by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth of firewomen at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade



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"Firewoman: A Symbol of Bravery and Resilience Throughout History" In the realm of firefighting, women have always been a force to be reckoned with. From donning uniforms for their school teams at the Southwark Training Centre to battling the devastating Blitz in London as part of the AFS firefighters during World War II, firewomen have exemplified courage and dedication. Back in time, even before modern machinery came into play, firewomen were seen alongside Merryweather horsed steam pumps, fearlessly combating flames that threatened lives and livelihoods. Their unwavering commitment earned them the title of auxiliary firewomen – unsung heroes who played an integral role in protecting communities. The legacy of these remarkable individuals dates back centuries. As early as 1790s London, a pioneering fireman captured by The Strand Magazine showcased their indomitable spirit. Fast forward to 1902 when St John Gate Fire Brigade immortalized their unity through a captivating group photo. But it wasn't just urban landscapes where these brave souls made their mark; they ventured beyond city limits too. In Spanish California circa 1850, a vaquero (cowboy) could be found branding steers while being watched over by vigilant firewomen – proof that bravery knows no boundaries or gender restrictions. These captivating hints from history remind us that behind every firefighter's uniform lies an individual fueled by passion and selflessness. Whether it was facing the horrors of war or preserving life amidst raging infernos, these extraordinary women embodied resilience and strength like no other. Today's firewomen continue this noble tradition with honor and pride. They stand tall as symbols of empowerment for future generations aspiring to break barriers in male-dominated fields. Through their unwavering determination and relentless pursuit of safety for all, they inspire us all to embrace our inner heroines. So let us celebrate these trailblazing figures who defied societal norms throughout history - forever etching their names in the annals of bravery.