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City of DeKalb staff is hard at work maintaining and updating its website to ensure the best user experience possible for DeKalb citizens. This blog will feature write-ups on new changes to the website. To go to the landing page for website updates that features more anouncements and details click here

Apr 26

Fire Truck Naming Contest

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 1:03 PM by City of DeKalb

The City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Fire department worked together using the City Website to create a Fire Truck Naming Contest . The recently purchased 2008 Pierce Quantum will replace the current aerial ladder truck “Big John” after 26 years of service. It is fitting that the new ladder truck has a name for its service time to the residents of DeKalb. The DeKalb Firefighters created three naming concepts and the community has the opportunity to decide which name will be given the truck. The naming contest started  on Monday, March 14, 2016 and ended Monday, April 18, 2016. To read about the three naming options and why they were selected as options click here.

DeKalb Fire Truck

The contest was created utilizing a module on the back end of the website. The forms center allows citizens to voice their opinions while providing City Staff an easy way to collect data on the responses. After creating the form and publishing a news-flash and a Facebook post, the City was flooded with responses. On the final day of voting (4/18) the City had received 636 responses! "Rip" Roaring ended up winning with 77% of the total votes.

final fire truck votes


The contest ended up gaining enough attention to be featured in a Daily Chronicle article and several radio announcements. Still looking to learn more information? Click on the picture below to get redirected to a video featuring DeKalb's own Firefighter Pat Eriksen giving further details on the contest. The City is always looking for ways to update and utilize our website to its fullest potential. Have any ideas for content or future updates? Click here to fill out a short form!

fire truck contest