12/21/08 73 W, 1 I - + 10 - 8 Unofficial Blog of Station 8

Who are the proud owners of the domain name firestation8.com? That's Double Trouble of Charlotte. The web site is an unofficial site, and includes an unofficial station blog. They're using WordPress and postings date to September 2008. Neat idea, as long as the brass approves or at least doesn't mind. What other big city station blogs are around? The Station 8 site is nice as well. Simple and clean.

I will word it different this time maybe Mike will leave it on there. I like the first firestation8.com site there was. This one seems a little watered down.
wow - 12/24/08 - 12:02

From a reader, here are a few other CFD station sites:

Station 1 – http://www.the1house.com (not updated recently, due to webmaster out of service)
Station 4 – http://www.firestation4.com
Station 10 – http://cfdtenhouse.com/THEROCK/Home.html
Station 13 – http://www.cfdfirestation13.com
Field Comm – http://www.cfdcommstf3.com/Field_Comm/Ho..
Legeros - 12/26/08 - 23:17

Mike – There are a bunch of us that operate (and contribute to) the website. Most of us are on C-Shift at Station 8.

Your thoughts with the blog and the brass was a bit of a concern for us; however, the blog has done nothing but provide great publicity for the department thus far. We have some strict guidelines about what information and images are released on calls. We have also tried to incorporate our surrounding neighborhood to get them involved.

Thanks for the comments.
Leo (Web Site) - 01/27/09 - 10:25

Wow – Thanks for your thoughts. While we appreciate your opinion that it might appear a little more watered-down than other fire station websites (or our previous design), we feel it gets the job done.

The new site design communicates who we are and what we are about. We also feel that it fits in with our station’s personality. We are intense firefighters and do our jobs well, but we are also pretty laid back. If we were to have all of the flash (i.e. moving objects), large amounts of fire all over the website, music, etc. we would be going against who we truly are.

Lastly, one of our goals was to try and reach out to the surrounding neighborhood. We wanted the site to reflect that and welcome those people in just as much as the firefighters who check out our site. That is part of the reason we chose a more simple site design.

All the best to you!
Leo (Web Site) - 01/27/09 - 10:32

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