London Fire Brigade

Women in the Brigade

Cathie Reeve

Women firefighters

As of 28 February 2010 we have 257 female firefighters.


The first woman firefighter in the UK joined the LFB as an operational firefighter in 1982. Sixty other women joined the Brigade in the 1980s, with the majority remaining in the job for over 10 years. By 1991, London still had 50 women firefighters and in 2010 there are 257 women firefighters in the LFB.

Did you know

The first woman firefighter joined the London Fire Brigade in 1982.