Hello Everybody,

This is Mark.  I’ve opted to put this information in a private News post in addition to the General Discussion Forum, since some aren’t as familiar with the forum concept.  If you have any questions, please comment below the post (where it says Leave A Reply) and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.  By handling it this way, everyone can see the question and answer and benefit from that, if needed.

With the transfer of our domain name (newtonabbottfire.com) now complete, fire company email is  available on the new server.  I am in the process of setting up accounts for each Newton Abbott member.  The email addresses will be identical to what they were before, and any old email you have saved should transfer over to the new server.  If you’ve never received a fire company email account, they are formatted this way:  first initial (dot) last name @ newtonabbottfire.com    For example:  m.bernas@newtonabbottfire.com  Your password will initially be:     nafco1234

Follow these instructions to set up your email:

Go  here.   The link will open a new browser window or tab.  Once it’s opened, I recommend you add a bookmark in your browser for quick access.  If you have any trouble with that, go to mail.newtonabbottfire.com which will redirect you to the proper place.

When you arrive there, you will see a page that looks like this:


You have the option of choosing one of three webmail services.  I recommend taking a look at each of them before choosing.  HORDE, which is full-featured, is probably familiar to most of you.  The others are more attractive-looking.  For a comparison of the features of the three services, read this short blog.

By clicking on the logo of the webmail service of your choice, you’ll enter the inbox/set up area and can begin using your email immediately.  If you decide which service you want to use permanently and just want to choose one, and stick with it, click “Enable AutoLoad” below the logo.

For desktop client and smartphone configuration:

Mail Server Username: m.bernas+newtonabbottfire.com (Obviously, use your own ID)
Incoming Mail Server: mail.newtonabbottfire.com
Incoming Mail Server: (SSL) box874.bluehost.com
Outgoing Mail Server: mail.newtonabbottfire.com (server requires authentication) port 26
Outgoing Mail Server: (SSL) box874.bluehost.com (server requires authentication) port 465
Supported Incoming Mail Protocols: POP3, POP3S (SSL/TLS), IMAP, IMAPS (SSL/TLS)
Supported Outgoing Mail Protocols: SMTP, SMTPS (SSL/TLS)

Remember to use your email address for company/firefighting communications.

The general email address provided to people outside the fire company is info@newtonabbottfire.com   I am tossing around the idea of setting up office-specific addresses as well (chief@newtonabbottfire.com, EMS@newtonabbottfire.com, etc.).  In the past, I felt we should shy away from doing that, but these days I am leaning toward implementing it.  Maybe the professional IT folks among us can comment on the pros and cons of this.