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Woodford Green sisters retire from the fire brigade after 30 years of service

PUBLISHED: 17:15 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 01 December 2016

Karen and Jacqui LeSurf from Woodford both finished their careers at Walthamstow Fire Station.

Karen and Jacqui LeSurf from Woodford both finished their careers at Walthamstow Fire Station.

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Two of the London Fire Brigade’s most famous sisters have hung up their helmets for good this week.

Karen and Jacqui LeSurf, both started their careers as firefighters in March 1985, when both were living in Woodford Green.

At the time they graduated from training there were only six women firefighters across the capital.

Karen spent 16 years at Tottenham fire station, before moving on to Edmonton, Chingford and Walthamstow.

Jacqui was sent to East Ham fire station initially. After 13 years she transferred to Walthamstow then Chingford and finally, like her sister Karen, spent the twilight of her Brigade career at Walthamstow fire station.

Looking back on her 30 years, Karen said: “If you had asked me what would I have changed, I would have said ‘nothing’.

“In life’s journey you need challenges I had a 30 year challenge. I made it.

“I now have a slightly different challenge as my two daughters are aged 15 and 11.

“If my daughters wanted to join the Brigade, would I talk them out of it? Most certainly not. It is still the best job in the world. I had an amazing 30 years.”

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