A1 AD300 - Brading Villa - the earliest known record of a building fire on the Isle of Wight.
A2 1687 - Newport - In February 1980, Dr J.D. Jones, MA, PhD, gave a talk to the IW Historical Association and stated that in 1687 Newport acquired its first fire engine (article).
A3 1700 - Newport - An IW County Press article of 17 August 1912 made reference to the Ledger Book of Newport, IW, 1567-1799 in which is included a mention of the town fire engine (article).
A4 1785 November 13 - Newport - On 3 January 1906 one Dilamgerbendy penned a letter to the IW County Press corroborating a story that appeared in the Salsibury and Winchester Journal of 1785 that referred to a devastating fire that destroyed sixteen houses and took two lives in Newport (letter).
A5 1787 - Cowes - An IW County Press article of 1962 made reference to the Sun Fire Office donating a fire engine to the town of Cowes (article) (photo of engine taken in 1905).
A6 1829 - Ryde - In this year the town's elected authority decided to form what was the Island's first formal fire brigade and appointed ironmonger George Woods as its superintendent (RSHG file).
A7 1836 - Society for the Protection of Life from Fire - The SPLFF was formed this year and was to make substantial contributions to IW fire brigades during the Victorian era (Wikipedia article).
A8 1837 - Ryde - Writing in 1994, Station Officer David Potts, a fourth generation Ryde firefighter, claimed that Ryde acquired its first proper fire engine this year for the price of £43 17s.
A9 1838 - Ryde - St Thomas's Church - An article in the IW Observer (without a precise date) reflects on a fire at St Thomas's Church caused by lightning strike (article).
A10 1847 - Ventnor - Ventnor Mill - Evidence discovered at the Ventnor Heritage Centre suggests that the town acquired 30 buckets and 2 ladders for firefighting in the aftermath of the devastating Ventnor Mill fire in 1847, and that 12 volunteers were arranged as a firefighting unit - suggesting Ventnor possessed the Island's second formal fire brigade.