Who was the first British woman firefighter?

MARY-JOY LANGDON 1950

1976, the summer of record breaking temperatures and drought, saw Joy Langdon join the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

She was employed as a fire fighter for several years before becoming a nun and subsequently founding the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Club, a charity offering riding to children and young people with physical and learning disabilities.

In 2012, in recognition of her outstanding charitable work, Joy was selected as a London Olympics torch bearer.

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