San Antonio Fire Department

San Antonio Fire Department hosts event recognizing State Farm for Fire Prevention Week donation

State Farm has been a strong supporter of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW™) for the past five years through their Good Neighbor grant program. In San Antonio, TX, local State Farm agents donated 20 FPW kits to the San Antonio Fire Department and 10 Sparky educator kits to local schools.

Earlier this week in thanks to these donations, the San Antonio Fire Department hosted an event to celebrate FPW and recognize State Farm’s generosity.San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood hosted the event in coordination with Dan Ater of State Farm; Andrea Vastis, senior director of public education at NFPA; Albert Betts, executive director of the Insurance Council of Texas; and Miss Texas USA’s Victoria Hinojosa, who helped officially kick off Fire Prevention Week in the city of San Antonio.

Chief Hood, who is also a board member of the National Fallen Fire Fighters Association (NFFF), remarked that while Fire Prevention Week happens once a year, fire and burn prevention education happens all year long, due to the collaborative efforts of the fire department with their community partners.  

Overall, State Farm donated 3,500 FPW kits and 1,500 Sparky the Fire Dog® educator kits to thousands of fire departments and school systems nationwide in support of this year’s campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™.”

Each FPW toolkit includes a host of resources for promoting the campaign’s messages, including brochures, magnets, posters, activity booklets and more that fire departments can distribute at schools, open houses, and other community events. The Sparky educator kits, which include an educator edition of The Story of Sparky, a Sparky stuffed doll, and 30 individual books for students; these resources help teach children about fire safety through Sparky’s start as the official NFPA mascot.

For more information about this year’s Fire Prevention Week efforts, visit

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Susan McKelvey
Communications Manager

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