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First mother and daughter duo to serve as firefighters at the same time for London Fire Brigade

Trainee Firefighter Katie Holloway pictured with her mum, Station Manager Sally Harper. Credit: London Fire Brigade.

The first mother and daughter duo are to serve as firefighters at the same time for London Fire Brigade.

At 22, Katie Holloway, has just joined Tooting Fire Station.

It is the same station her mother, station manager Sally Harper, was first posted to when she passed out as a firefighter back in 1988.

When Sally joined there were only seven serving women firefighters in the whole of London compared to over 300 across the capital.

The Brigade has changed a lot in 28 years.

Katie may have joined the same station as me but it has changed so much since the late '80s.

My locker was in a cupboard, which I had to go through the men's changing rooms to access.

After giving birth to my first daughter, Joanne, I was the first firefighter to come back to station after having a baby and attitudes towards women in the fire service were sometimes very challenging.

It's so heartening to hear Katie's experience has been completely different and that everyone has welcomed her on the watch and been so supportive.

– Station manager Sally Harper

Women firefighters were also a shock to the public, who at the time saw firefighting as a very male orientated job, London Fire Brigade said.

Katie pictured in her younger days wearing a fire chief helmet. Credit: London Fire Brigade

Katie has just completed her first full tour of duty and was thrown straight in at the deep end.

We had a bin fire, six minutes into my first shift and dealt with incidents from the recent storm named after me.

We've also carried out home fire safety visits and done lots of training so it's been full on but everyone has been so lovely and made me feel at home.

I'm immensely proud of the work my mum and others have done for women in the fire service, which makes it a completely different experience to when she joined.

– Katie

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "I'm delighted that Katie has followed in her mother's footsteps and joined the London Fire Brigade.

"The achievement is extra special as it comes when we celebrate our 150th anniversary.

"Sally is a fantastic role model and has done so much to change attitudes towards women in the fire service.

"I wish Katie every success in her career and will be sad to see Sally retire later this year."