National FirePup Day could also be called Fire Protection Learning and Awareness Day, but FirePup Day is much catchier. October 1st is the birthday for FirePup, the NFSC dalmation cartoon character.
In 1986, National Fire Safety Council, Inc. (NFSC, Inc.) developed Firepup®, a friendly Dalmatian cartoon character, in an effort to make learning about fire and burn prevention and life safety issues, fun, entertaining, and non-threatening. Firepup® was developed to be a friendly and positive role model for children. He has proven to be a successful learning tool used by fire prevention officers and teachers across the country.
- Firepup® has joined the ranks of many firefighting agencies throughout the nation. Fire prevention officers have used Firepup® in fire safety presentations to children in thousands of schools.
- Firepup® appears in NFSC, Inc. fire and burn prevention education programs and materials used by fire prevention officers and teachers. This adds continuity to the programs and identity to the organization.
- Firepup®’s image is also portrayed in a life-size costumed character. The character is treated as an auxiliary fire prevention officer by many fire departments.
- Firepup® has become familiar to hundreds of thousands of children from all over the country who view Firepup® as a role model and trusted friend.
Fire departments across the U.S. provide NFSC fire safety educational materials and programs free of charge to the citizens of their community. If your local fire department doesn’t currently provide our materials then please encourage them to visit NFSC.org and contact us to learn how they can partner with National Fire Safety Council.
Along with a section just 4Kids, there are many teaching and learning materials available on the NFSCfire.org site. 4Kids allows a child to directly put a 16 piece puzzle together online or participate in a coloring game. There are also downloadable coloring book templates.
You can contact your local fire department and ask if they are part of the NFSC program to get access to the materials. Materials are free of charge to participating fire departments and the NFSC does all of the coordinating of program materials for the fire department.
FCVC is very happy to support the education of children using character pets that they can be familiar with. This presents a great opportunity to learn new information in a non-threatening way.
Attribution & Photos – NFSC.org