Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Company gets website

| Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Company is now online.

After discussing the option to have its own website for a couple years, the VFC decided at a meeting earlier this month to go forward with the project.

Tom Kendi, the department's secretary, has done a lot of the legwork on the website since his day job involves computers.

"I'm a computer help desk technician at PBS Coals in Somerset, but this is really the first web design project that I've done," he said.

When members were talking about the idea, Kendi pulled together a site from scratch, but this time they found the site yourfirstdue.com, which had a template for them to follow.

"The site is kind of like a fill in the blanks format for us, and it makes life a lot easier," Kendi said.

The fire company's website is www.bullskinvfc.org.

Kyle Quinn, vice president and second assistant chief, said they decided to go forward with the project because of the changing times.

"We have to change with the times," he said. "You do what you have to do in this day and age."

The cost of the site is worth it when it comes to the cost of advertising, he said.

For just over $300 a year to pay for the domain name and the website, Kendi said the site is the VFC's opportunity to advertise any and all fundraising events without paying the going rate for advertising costs.

Kendi said the website is a work in progress that constantly needs updating with news events.

He added that while they haven't done it yet, they can set up a PayPal account to accept donations online at any time, including during fund drives.

In addition, each firemen has their own email account on the website and there is a link for community relations for any church, senior center, preschool or other organization that might want VFC representatives to come and give talks or demonstrations.

The station email address is station45@bullskinvfc.org. The site also has a guestbook where people can make comments.

"The site is also a good way to give people an idea about the amount of calls we go out on and see some pictures," Kendi said. "A lot of people don't understand the time and work that it takes to do this."

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