Firehouse.com: 1999 Year In Review

Charles Werner takes a look at the Firehouse.com website's successful first year of operation and previews what's ahead.


Since Firehouse.com's debut on Dec. 25, 1998, the official website of Firehouse® Magazine has come a long way. Dec. 14, 1999, marked a milestone as Firehouse.com was recognized by the GII Achievement Awards as the best website in the category of "News & Media." This award has not been presented...


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Since Firehouse.com's debut on Dec. 25, 1998, the official website of Firehouse® Magazine has come a long way.

Dec. 14, 1999, marked a milestone as Firehouse.com was recognized by the GII Achievement Awards as the best website in the category of "News & Media." This award has not been presented to any other emergency service website. Past winners of GII Awards include Yahoo!, The Schwab WebSite/Charles Schwab & Co., ThinkQuest and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.

Present at the awards ceremony were Firehouse.com Senior Editor Dave J. Iannone; Christopher D. Orr, Internet services Director for Cygnus Business Media (parent company of the Firehouse.com and Firehouse® Magazine); and Chris Hebert, Assistant Webmaster for the site. The ceremony was emceed by comedian Paula Poundstone. Among the 10 winners were such prominent sites as E*Trade, Comedy Central's South Park, the Environmental Protection Agency, ProPA, the Library of Congress and Garden.Com.

"It's great to be recognized with such other major sites online, especially being such a young site," Iannone said. "We've been growing rapidly and trying to be the one place the world's firefighters and emergency workers can turn to online for everything from news to discussions to links. The response to the Worcester coverage was amazing with so many condolences and the response we received afterwards thanking us for being there and keeping everyone informed ... it was very moving.

"I don't think people realize that the WebTeam, like the magazine staff, are all firefighters, so we try to keep an eye out for what we'd like to see online and hopefully that translates well into the content of the site."

This honor is considered to be the "Oscars of the Internet." Judging is based on the website's ability to demonstrate the capability of the information infrastructure, produces practical results and benefits, and is innovative.

Vice President Al Gore is quoted as saying, "The GII Awards confirm our own brightest hopes: that the positive uses of high technology will truly open up new opportunities for all Americans and improve our quality of life."

The recognition of the website is not surprising. In the last year, Firehouse.com has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to excellence. The reasons for its success might be because the interactive forums have exceeded 4,000 active participants, a web directory of over 4,200 links to emergency service agencies, its online one-stop shopping Firehouse Superstore, or putting it into perspective - Firehouse.com receives an average of 10,000 visitors per day.

Firehouse.com provides a unique and up-to-date news service that is considered the best emergency news source on the web. This past year, a few of Firehouse.com's national headlines included: "Line of Duty Deaths (LODDs)"; "Earthquakes in Turkey and Taiwan"; "Fairfax, VA Rescue Teams Put to Work Again"; "A Web of Over 70,000 Fires Burning in 6 States"; "11 Dead in Tragic A&M Bonfire Collapse"; "Heightened Brushfire Conditions from Pennsylvania to California"; "NY Youth Saves Man from Fiery Death"; "5 Dead in Nursing Home Fire"; "6-Alarm Fire Ravages Historic MD Town"; "New Communication Center for Las Vegas"; "Paramedics May Be Exempted from FLSA"; "Fatal Fire Hits Massachusetts Shrine Dorm"; "Florida Church Collapses, Injuring 23"; "Fire Decimates a Montana Main Street"; "Aquarium Blaze Creates Unique Rescues"; "Millennium Fire Service Tips"; "Littleton Medics Honored for Heroics"; "Universal 911 Passes"; "Amusement Park Injuries on Rise"; "Technology Aims to Locate Wireless 911 Callers"; "Grand Central Fire Closes Subway Line"; "6 Saved from Alaskan Glacier"; "New Child Car Seat Regulations"; and "6-Alarm Fire Levels Massachusetts Church."

On the international scene, Firehouse.com headlines included: "Boy Starts Fatal Fire in Korea"; "French Firefighters Protest"; "70 Feared Dead in London Collision"; "Fire in Store Kills 5 in Brazil"; "56 Die, 348 Injured in Mexico Blast"; "75 Die in Indonesian Cinema Fire"; and "Fire Destroys 500 Mexico City Homes."

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