Vintage: Female Firefighters (1916 – 1942)

Vintage: Female Firefighters (1916 – 1942)


Some consider fighting fires to be a man’s job, but as long ago as the bucket brigades of the 19th century, women have bravely played an important – if sometimes invisible – role in firefighting. A collection below features 23 stunning black and white photographs of female firefighters from between the 1920s and 1940s.

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1916, The UK Women’s Fire Brigade takes a salute. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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1928, Demonstrating the use of a portable fire extinguisher. (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

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1930, Staff of the Girls Fire Brigade in Berkshire. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)

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1939, Group of Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) women “keeping fit” with a game of leap-frog. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)

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1940, AFS women work at the London fire regional control room. (Getty Images/Keystone)

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

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1941, Women train at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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1916, Preparing for a fire drill. (Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

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1942, Training at the Imperial War Museum Fire Fighting School. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)

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1942, Volunteer fire guards stow away a hose into a portable trailer. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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1916, Conducting a drill with hoses and extinguishers. (Getty)

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1916, Members of the Woman’s Fire Brigade with their chief officer. (Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

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1916, Putting a fire escape into position. (Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

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1922, Training with hosepipes. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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1928, Two firefighters during a drill. (Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)


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