Hi, My name is Paul Tranter developer of FireBuddy with support from my media company WebDog.co.nz.
I’m a volunteer with the Mapua Fire Brigade and was recently tasked with a simple brief by the Chief: Build a website that would engage the community and allow us to get our messages out there.
I went away and after a period of R&D realised that there were no effective platforms which embedded local brigades into their communities. With the launch of FireBuddy.co.nz we’ve finally achieved our goal. Our state-of-the-art system enables us to connect directly with our village … FireBuddy is now available to ALL brigades nationally.
FireBuddy is designed to to make information available in an engaging, sometimes fun and never patronizing environment and is backed by powerful, state-of-the-art software. The website is set up so that each brigade can manage their own area. The site is also populated with national and regional news creating a rich resource for readers.
When a user signs up to the monthly newsletter they are able to choose their area, building a valuable contact point and with social media pages now live the interaction grows. If a brigade has something to say to the community they simply send an email from the centralised system. To ensure the community remains engaged, FireBuddy will also post and send articles of interest ensuring the website is continually updated with input from across the country.
There’s an events calendar, there are alerts reminding homeowners to check smoke alarms and to clean gutters of autumn leaves. Alerts for when it’s safe to burn and when fires are banned. Then there’s critical updates on household issues or appliance recalls etc. with more tools and essential apps planned for roll out.
FireBuddy has enjoyed some positive uptake and is gaining traction within the community.
Our latest project is the FireBuddy App: CLICK HERE FOR THE FIREBUDDY APP
So that’s it for now. If your brigade is interested in their own community website simply claim it using the link at the top of the page.