The Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association has built this website as its primary communications tool. It has been designed to function as the fire officer's one-stop information center. The website provides limited access to the public, but can be used extensively to communicate information that may be of value to the public, the press, and other allied public safety and partner agencies and services.
Each Section and working group of the Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association has their own area for communications. Message board forums have been set up for sharing information and for soliciting answers to questions our members may have. There is no sense re-inventing the wheel and we encourage our members to use this powerful tool.
The website incorporates a Master Calendar which shall be used by each Section and working group to post their meetings, events, training, and anything of interest to our members.
List servers have been set up for each Section and working group. Additional list servers can be set up as needed. The list servers and Members Management system incorporated into this website are intended to maintain our members contact information. No more moving through the ranks of our Sections and having to manually re-create contact lists.
Voting and Polling have been included in this website.
Registering To The Website
In order to gain access to this site, you will first need to go to the staff login and attempt to access the site.
Once you select the link, you will go to the actual log in site. You will need to select the Apply here! link. This will take you to the registration form. Please fill it out as completely as possible. Doing so will provide your emergency and no-emergency contact information.
Once you submit the form, it will be routed to the webmaster, whom will provide the proper access to the website. Security levels will be set based on the persons rank, or ICS function within the Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association. Once the webmaster receives the form, it will be processed. The requesting party will then receive an acknowledgement message indicating they now have access to the non-public areas of the web site.
Note: Due to security concerns, Fire Chiefs will have more access to the website than subordinate officers. Unless a Fire Chief requests in writing via e-mail that they want to designate their Deputy, or alternate to have access to the Fire Chiefs Secure area, permissions and rights shall not be granted to individuals requesting access.
The website is designed so that each Section can have access to their area, list servers, forum and calendars. If you know Microsoft Word, even just the basics, you can post web pages!
The Fire Chiefs have identified to agencies to manage the site. Fremont FD and the Alameda County Regional Communications Center provide 24-7 management of the site. They have committed to have website trainers, and master webmasters to make sure the website stays current.
Each Section shall designate their webmaster and shall post their agendas, minutes, and documents on this website. The Alameda County Fire Chiefs have requested that each Section use this site exclusively for conducting business, and that the Sections shall not utilize any other website for Alameda County Fire Chiefs Association business. The goal is to have all projects, committee work, plans, and training documented so that the Fire Chiefs can stay current with Alameda County fire service issues.
The basic premise of this website is straight forward...if the webmaster gets hit by a bus, retires, gets re-assigned, the organization does not loose it's institutional history. We will make every effort to keep this site current, so that when the "big one" hits, we will have a communications tool to help us better serve our communities.
As with any website, there is always work to be done. Web pages don't magically appear, and special features take some detailed programming in order to make the website user-friendly. Currently, our web contractor is building the Sit-Stat utility. This will replace the out-dated method of faxing your daily status to the County Mutual Aid Coordinator. It will be as current as the command officers update it throughout the day. It is being designed to incorporate additional counties also, which will enhance our mutual aid system.
Your comments, feedback, and ideas for website improvement are absolutely essential to the success of this communications tool.