NFPA’s Sparky’s Wish List™ connects fire departments with donors to provide life-saving educational materials
Mark Gryc and Mike Spaziani of FM Global with NFPA President Jim Shannon and Sparky the Fire Dog at NFPA's distribution center where it was all hands (and paws) on deck to get $50,000 worth of educational materials shipped to fire departments across the country, courtesy of FM Global.
September 10, 2012 — FM Global, one of the world’s largest business property insurers, today partnered with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to fulfill requests of 80 fire departments across the country for fire safety education materials geared toward children and others during Fire Prevention Week.
The effort is part of Sparky’s Wish List™: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities, which is helping local fire departments facing tight budgets obtain life-saving educational materials.
“It is gratifying to know that the materials being shipped today will soon be in the hands of local firefighters working every day to keep our kids and communities safe,” said Brion Callori, senior voice president, manager - engineering and research at FM Global. “We are very pleased to support this program and we encourage others to join us by going online and purchasing items for fire departments that are asking for help.”
Through a simple, online tool created by NFPA, fire departments are creating “wish lists” of needed materials which are then purchased by businesses, community members and others. Items on the registry are priced starting at $12.50.
In total, FM Global purchased $50,000 worth of banners, DVDs, coloring books, brochures, storybooks, stickers and other materials that will go to 80 fire departments in 50 states and one U.S. territory, and be used during Fire Prevention Week in October.
"Fire safety education saves lives, but with current budget pressures, it’s hard for many departments to pay for a range of educational materials,” said Jim Shannon, NFPA president. "Sparky’s Wish List is designed to help close the gap between what fire departments can afford and what they need to educate on fire safety.”
Fire departments in the United States respond to more than 350,000 home fires annually; these fires resulted in at least 2,500 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries. Children are at greatest risk.
“FM Global has been a generous donor to fire prevention causes for many years,” said Shannon. “We are honored to work with them to help local departments continue to meet community needs during these challenging financial times.”
The effort is named for Sparky the Fire Dog®, NFPA’s official mascot and spokesdog. He visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends.
Visit www.sparkyswishlist.orgfor instructions and other information.
About FM Global
For 177 years, many of the world’s largest organizations have worked with FM Global ( www.fmglobal.com) to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks 572 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America, and has been named “Best Global Property Insurer” and “Best Supply Chain Risk Insurance Provider” by Global Finance magazine.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Sparky® and Sparky the Fire Dog® are registered trademarks of NFPA.Visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.orgfor more information.
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