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Friday, March 18, 2016

Sparky The Fire Dog

The official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is Sparky the Fire Dog. Today, March 18th is his birthday and as he turns 65 years old we look back to see where he came from and why he is loved by so many. 

The legend of Sparky is one that many know. Men, Women, boys and girls should all be able to tell you about him or the message that he helps to spread. 

Even before 911 was in existance Sparky the fire dog was loved by many. For more than six decades Sparky has worked hard to make communities safer from fire. It was 1951 that Sparky partnered with fire proffesionals, teachers, civic organizations, corporations and the media to deliver invaluable fire and life safety lessons to adults and children. Books, tip sheets, online resources, videos, apps and NFPA's national public safety campaign, Fire Prevention week have all helped to share safety tips. Messages such as "Stop, drop and roll" "get out, stay out" "Dial 911" and "Know two ways out were ones that Sparky was devoted to share. 

Sparky has been around for quite some time. He was thought up by adults who created him to draw attention to fire prevention and the kids loved him. 

Here is a story to share with the kids. It shows where sparky the fire dog came from in a short story kids should love. This super cute Sparky the Fire Dog paper craft is easy to make. Construction paper and a black marker is all that is needed. You can make your fire dog any way you choose.

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