NFPA to host free webinar on Sparky’s Wish List

Published on April 27, 2012

Fire departments learn how to register for public education materials and gain community support

April 27, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering fire departments a free webinar on Sparky’s Wish List™:  Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:00 PM (EST).

Sparky’s Wish List is a new program that will bring together fire departments and local communities to help fund fire departments purchases of life-saving fire safety educational materials for Fire Prevention Week. Fire Departments are invited to create an online wish list for their required Fire Prevention Week materials that the public can then fulfill to provide critical educational materials for their communities.

NFPA’s Judy Comoletti, division manager of Public Education, Amy Lebeau, associate project manager of Public Education, and Lauren Backstrom, social media manager will show fire departments how to create a registry and use the tools provided to promote the program in the community. Participants will be invited to ask questions.

“Fire safety education is a key factor in helping to prevent fire damage and save lives, but often fire departments are faced with budget pressures that make it difficult for them to buy the educational materials they need.” said Judy Comoletti. “With this free webinar, fire departments will learn how to create a wish list, add the educational materials they need, and use tools provided to reach out to members of their community to get support.”

Visit www.sparkyswishlist.org to learn more.

About Sparky the Fire Dog®
Sparky the Fire Dog was created for the National Fire Protection Association in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon that is beloved by children and adults alike. Millions have learned about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image and he is more active than ever today. Sparky frequently visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends. In addition to connecting with the public through public service announcements and his featured role in Fire Prevention Week campaigns each October, he has a very active website, www.sparky.org and a Facebook page that was launched in 2011 as part of his 60th anniversary celebration. Sparky the Fire Dog® is a registered trademark of NFPA.

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.

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