So I am working on some demo web sites and have hit the "brick Wall" that most writers hit when they run out of ideas. So i am reaching out to my fellow ff's and emt's and seeing what you would do for your co' or dept's site.
Please post here or email me at email@example.com and tell me what featurs you would want in your dept site ether its a internet only, a intranet for just the membership, or if its a blended site for both public and department use.
Internet for others to see your site, projects, fundraisers, awards, etc. with a intranet for members of the department to look at their own training records, and do online trainings, and internal suggestion box, etc.
Some good sites I have seen have individual pictures of all their members and ranks. Some even let the firefighters write a little bio about themselves that when you click on their photo you get the story of why Charles became a firefighter, maybe how long he has served and some resume stuff - like where he served and various capacities.
They also have details about the number of staff and roles. Section that explains the training that each degree/rank must undergo. Maybe also have number of calls, and types of calls.
? Maybe a Budget page - but this needs to be put into context for the community, since it is much more expensive in real life than the average person understands, is my assumption
Awards Page - showing details of awards to individual members and to the department.
Pictures of all the trucks - identified with details.
Pictures of what new item you are saving money to buy - like a truck - show the truck and explain the fundraiser and how to donate. Announce all donation events online.
History of Your Dept Page - historical pictures are nice
History of the Fire Service Page
Tributes Page - to post local fallen firefighter information
Community Service page - with videos and information on home safety, etc. for community members to look at and learn. Such as how to properly install a smoke detectors, etc. Home fire extinguisher use, water safety, cpr, car seat installation, etc.
Community Trainings page - Water safety, CPR, basic first aid, etc.
Community Links Page - other people, liike the people who provide child-proofing a house training could post a link on your site for people to enter to get help child-proofing their home
Have a way for community members to send you emails to the department - words of encouragement, suggestions, thouhts, prayers, ya know - anything that they want to communicate to the fire department. Some sites even have email addresses set up for each staff member, so when someone clicks on their individual picture a community member can send them an email.
Have a kid page for kids to play games - like stop, drop, and roll, and search and rescue games, even online coloring pages kids love - ones they can color online or print then color - such as color the firetrucks and fire station and buildings that the fire department would have to put out, like their school.
Some sites post a wall of "edited" comments of appreciation towards the fire department - many are anonymous to support confidentiality.
Use simple colors - crazy colors are distracting. Let the pictures serve as the crazy colors.
Make it fast loading. MAKE SURE EVERTHING IS SPELLED RIGHT ON IT !!! GET A FEW PEOPLE TO SPELL AND GRAMMAR CHECK IT - since it makes us look ignorant to the public.
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