(Interview Recorded: Wednesday 23rd August
In this episode/conversation, UK’s first female firefighter Jo Reynolds speaks candidly to Steve O’Malley about her adult life decisions.
Diving head first into a career in the last bastion of masculinity, firefighting. The world back in a Thatcher led England in 1983 was much smaller and for a woman entering the fire service much tougher. Having fought against the odds to become the first career firefighter in the UK, Jo’s yearning to spread her wings and take on what the rest of the world had to offer took hold and after 4 years as a firefighter it was on to her next series of life’s challenges and adventures.
The adage, once a firefighter always a firefighter holds true with Jo, so 35 years after her adventure began she felt compelled to tell others, particularly young women and girls about her achievement in her book FireWoman.
A special thanks to:
Women and Firefighting Australasia Inc
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre