CHARLESTOWN — If you haven't checked out the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service website lately, there's a lot you might be missing.
The organization officially launched its new-look website last week, one which Chief Andrew Kettle said will expand the department's ability to communicate with the public and serve to enhance recruitment efforts, handle membership subscriptions and expand information regarding the agency's training center.
"Our old site was outdated, and after discussion, we decided to move forward with a plan to upgrade what we had," Kettle said. "The big emphasis in creating this page was to develop a fresh face for the organization, something that would provide new opportunities in how we are able to connect with the community."
Kettle said the site, charlestownrescue.org, was created by Firehouse Solution Web Design & Hosting, a company that specializes in providing web services for first-responder agencies.
"It's all part of our growing efforts to connect with the public. Between this website and our social media presence, we are able to communicate with the public and share information in real time," Kettle said.
Kettle said Firehouse Solutions, which was founded by a Maryland firefighter in 2003, was chosen because it provided the services that the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service hoped to incorporate into the new site, including providing easy navigation and an interactive experience for users.
Firehouse Solutions, now based in Delaware, provides services to more than 500,000 web pages daily, according to the organization's website. The company has previously built websites for Westerly Ambulance, each of Westerly's four fire departments and a variety of other agencies in the state.
Kettle said the organization has already been able to use the new site to highlight recent responses, to recognize department captains Travis and Katie Serra for receiving the 2019 Fred Stanley Dedicated Service Award, and to highlight recent training opportunities — and that's just in the first week.
"One of the aspects of the site we are looking forward to most will be its ability to receive subscriptions, which will be upcoming in March, and we are looking forward to using it to highlight our training center," he said. "There's a lot this helps us do, and we look forward to expanding our presence online."