Damon Corr, a serving fire officer since 1996, is 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 site.

Additionally he is more than happy to consider 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. 

Archaeology Discovery Centre, Fort Victoria

On 5 September 2018 I gave a talk at the Archaeology Discovery Centre on the history of Island firefighting. A modest but enthusiastic audience attended including two former Island firemen who are keen to share more photographs and anecdotes with me.


Ryde Social Heritage Group

I was pleased to welcome the members of Ryde Social Heritage Group to Ryde Fire Station on 24 April 2018 for a short tour of the station and a ninety-minute talk specifically centered on Ryde's own fire-fighting history. The image on the left is taken from their website.

I thank them all for their interest and enthusiasm and especially for the generous contribution they passed to me for the Firefighters Charity.


Ryde Horticultural Society

On the evening of 7 November 2018 I am booked to deliver a talk to the members of Ryde Horticultural Society at All Saints Church Hall.

If you're a member I look forward to seeing you there! 


Breathe Easy

During the afternoon of 9 November 2018 I'll be attending St Mary's Hospital to give a talk to the members of the Breathe Easy Support Group of the Respiratory Department.

For obvious reasons I'll be making particular references to fire-fighting in smoke and the Island's fire-fighters earliest use of pre-WW1 rudimentary breathing apparatus right through to today's highly sophisticated devices. 

U3A Wootton History Group

Bookings for 2019 have started with a request to talk to the U3A Wootton History Group on 1st February.  

I look forward to meeting the U3A members.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is the venue for a talk on 26 February 2019. If you're one of the members I look forward to seeing you there.