Website History – 1998 to 2015

The First Version 1998

The first City Fire Brigade Website to go online in 1998

The first City Fire Brigade Website to go online in 1998

The first City Fire Brigade website was designed by our Webmaster Dennis Gonzalez using the Adobe PageMill 3.0 software, the pages were designed using frames which were very popular in those days. All the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) elements were placed in-line on each webpage. It was hosted by Gibtelecom which run a hosting service for email account holders with very limited web space allocated.

The site had a navigation menu with links to About Us, History, Statistics, Training,Fire Safety, Social and image Gallery pages. In addition to these there were also internal links to an Operations page a Fire Prevention page and the Eight Pointed Star page.

Second Version 2000-2008

The Second Version of our website was online from the year 2000 to 2008

The Second Version of our website was online from the year 2000 to 2008

The second version of our website was uploaded in the year 2000 and remained operational until 2008. During this period the www.gibfire.gi domain was acquired and is still being hosted today by Gibtelecom. Again this was designed by our Webmaster using the ubiquitous PageMill 3.0 software, inline frame pages and all uploads were carried out using FileZilla File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software. The CSS elements were now external in separate .css files.

More pages were added to this version with a Community Education page, News page, Publications page and a useful Links page to external sites. The Statistics page was extended with links to Statistics Abstracts in pdf files for the years 2000 to 2008.

The 2009 Version

The 2009 Version.

The 2009 Version

From this version all new designs and upgrades to the website have been carried out by our Webmaster using the Coffee Cup Web Editor software. The site now included a CSS folder with the relevant CSS files for different pages on the website. This version also contained an Image Gallery page with several Shockwave Flash slide shows of the Brigades equipment, training, vehicles, etc,. Two new pages were added a Vacancies page and a Site Plan page. This was also the first time that a fire prevention movie “A Kitchen On Fire” was embedded in the website.

The 2010 Version

The 2010 Version.

The 2010 Version

In this version of the website a slide show showing different images of the Brigade at work was introduced on the Home page, under the banner headline “Welcome to the City Fire Brigade”. The website also incorporated a User Login area for use by Brigade personnel only and a Google API Search Facility was also incorporated.

A Flickr photos account was set-up and links established from the website. Another fire prevention video “Test Your Smoke Detector” was added to the website and the W3.org XHTML approval validator was added to the website.

The 2012 Version

The 2012 Version

The 2012 Version

Until now all previous versions of the website had been designed using html files, but as from this version the Webmaster re-designed the website using php files instead of html in order to make the website less bloated and more dynamic. On the graphical side a new image header was incorporated which displayed a different image as each page was refreshed. A Health and Safety section was added and a Disclaimer page to ensure the website followed Gibraltar Government online best practice.

A new section displayed the three latest News items on the Home page, with introductions and thumbnail images. The W3.org CSS approval validator was added to the website.

The 2014 Version

The 2014 Version.

The 2014 Version

The 2014 version is the final php file website it is intended that future versions will be designed using a WordPress CMS template.

Since November 2014 this version has carried the organisations new name of “Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service” and its new cap badge or logo. All references in all pages and all downloadable publications were therefore amended to show GFRS. The home page carried a link to the 150th Anniversary page with its “1865 to 2015” logo which was designed by our Webmaster Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dennis Gonzalez.