I'm Damon Corr, serving fire officer since 1996 and the researcher and author of the range of Island fire-fighting history books listed in this website and the editor and main contributor to the website.

Additionally I really enjoy opportunities to speak publicly to interested groups about the history of Island firefighting. 

Where societies offer payment for speaking, as some already have, it will be forwarded to the Firefighters Charity.

Use the form on the 'Contact' page to connect with Damon if you wish to get in touch. 

I can usually tailor a talk to focus on your groups particular interest of fire brigade history. In the week before writing this I've attended two different groups, one who wanted to hear all about the history of the formation of Ryde Fire Brigade, another specifically about fire services during the Second World War and more generally people like to hear about the Island's wider firefighting heritage. Please ask, if I can do it I'll certainly find the time.

Records of events already attended can be found listed chronologically in the Latest News page. 


On 2 March I'm due to deliver a talk to the 1940's Group specifically on the subject of the Island's fire services during the Second World War.  This should be an interesting one as I haven't written the book to reflect on that era yet but have literally thousands of reference items to draw from! 

Time and venue to be confirmed by the group.

The introductory movie-montage for the WW2 talk.

I last talked with Ryde Social Heritage Group at the fire station in 2017, but for next year (2019) they've invited me to their venue as some of their members were disappointed to have missed the earlier event. Looking forward to meeting up again with a group that have done so much important work of researching and archiving Ryde's history and making it accessible to everyone.

On 20 May 2019 I'll be attending The Pavilion at Newchurch to deliver the 'Heroism, Humour and the Hump' presentation to the groups members.