About the Book
Until 1938 the environment of the fire was a place for firemen only. The fire-ground was sacrosanct and within it the firemen untouchable.
In 1939 the fire-ground opened its cordons and allowed others in. A myriad of ARP sub-organisations had not only a right but an expectation to enter emergency incidents and save life. With colossal suddenness the local brigades were compelled to work alongside the massed elements of civil defence.
A historical reflection of firefighting in 1939 must capture the true essence of the society that prepared to fight fires as it prepared for, and engaged, in war.
It was also the year that the Island was damned by the portent of a calf with two heads.
This was 1939.
Hi, I’m Damon; husband, father, grandfather and firefighter since 1996. During that time, I have served operationally at Ryde Fire Station, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, initially retained and then whole-time, and have also served in aviation fire and rescue. Instructional qualifications have enabled me to deliver fire and rescue training in municipal, aviation and maritime sectors over the course of a fascinating career. Within weeks of joining the service my natural inclination for historical matters had me delving in the records but it wasn’t until 2010 that I first put my findings into words for the benefit of a local charity. Since then I’ve spent a lot of my spare time and money researching the history of Isle of Wight firefighting. It’s been a fascinating journey made more enjoyable by using Blurb’s facilities to produce saleable products. All profits from my books are forwarded to the Firefighters Charity who were there when I needed them. Thanks for taking a look, DC