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Country's first female firefighter, Josephine Reynolds, gives talk at Ipswich Library on her experiences

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 30 August 2017

The UK’s first female firefighter Josephine Reynolds is giving a talk at Ipswich County Library about her life and her recently published book. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The UK's first female firefighter Josephine Reynolds is giving a talk at Ipswich County Library about her life and her recently published book. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The first female firefighter in the UK shared her experiences of life on the front line of emergency services with a special talk at Ipswich Library.

Josephine Reynolds firefighter passing out at Wymondham Fire Station in September 1983Josephine Reynolds firefighter passing out at Wymondham Fire Station in September 1983

Josephine Reynolds became the first full-time female firefighter in 1983, being based at Thetford fire station among others during her career.

Having penned her first book, Fire Woman, which details her experiences in the male-dominated profession, the 52-year-old was at Ipswich Library earlier today to speak to readers and sign copies of her book.

The UK’s first female firefighter Josephine Reynolds is giving a talk at Ipswich County Library about her life and her recently published book. Josephine's new book. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe UK’s first female firefighter Josephine Reynolds is giving a talk at Ipswich County Library about her life and her recently published book. Josephine's new book. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk Libraries spokesman said: “Around 16 people enjoyed Jo’s talk, including several from the library’s monthly BooksFizz reading group.

“People found her story very interesting and inspiring there were several questions at the end.”

Ms Reynolds will return to the county for a talk at Newmarket Library on Thursday, November 9, from 10.30am.

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