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Your chance to meet the Norfolk woman who became Britain’s first female firefighter

Josephine Reynolds firefighter passing out at Wymondham Fire Station pic taken 12 sep 1983. Photo: Archant Library

Josephine Reynolds firefighter passing out at Wymondham Fire Station pic taken 12 sep 1983. Photo: Archant Library

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It was 1982 when Josephine Reynolds, aged just 17, joined the Norfolk Fire Service and became the UK’s first female firefighter.

Josephine Reynolds grass fire Brandon woman firefighter 25 April 1984. Photo: Archant Library Josephine Reynolds grass fire Brandon woman firefighter 25 April 1984. Photo: Archant Library

Within mere weeks of she was learning how to save lives as well as how to deal with anything from trapped kittens to chemical spills.

The tale of her journey from ordinary teenage girl to highly-skilled firefighter is revealed in her first book, Fire Woman, the extraordinary story of Britan’s first female firefighter.

Jo was often told she should write a book, but it was only last year when she finally began jotting down the memories and anecdotes which form the paperback.

Following the release of the book earlier this year, Reynolds will be visiting Waterstones on Castle Street in Norwich to discuss her experiences.

The event will be taking place on Tuesday, July 18 from 7pm.

Tickets are available online and cost £3.

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