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Sparky was tired from his long road trip today and wanted to make one last rest stop in Connecticut on the way home. 

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Sparky met retired firefighter Ray Dupont.

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Sparky greeted a young fan!

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Sparky took a load off in the canine rest area.

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A quick nap before Sparky hit the road for the last leg of the trip home!

For more photos of Sparky's road trip to TLC's Cake Boss bakery, visit his Facebook page.

-Lauren Backstrom

Along Sparky's road trip route to TLC's Cake Boss bakery in Hoboken, NJ to thank the team for making him a cake in honor of his 60th birthday celebration, he made a stop at Hoboken Fire Department Co. No. 6. Sparky presented Battalion Chief Louis Moyeno and his crew with a platter of cookies from the bakery, as well as the very first 2011 Fire Prevention Week banner, and an assortment of NFPA public education materials for their local classrooms. 

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For more photos of Sparky's visit, check out his Facebook page

-Lauren Backstrom

While on Sparky's visit to Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ - he made sure to say hello and entertain the crowds waiting in line in the 91 degree heat for their chance to pick up some goodies. 

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Cake boss fan 1 

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For more photos, visit Sparky's Facebook page. Also, to find out what else NFPA has been doing to celebrate Sparky's birthday, including games, videos, e-cards and other fun photos, visit Sparky's birthday page on the website. 

-Lauren Backstrom

During Sparky's trip down to Carlo's Bake Shop, he got to meet several of TLC's Cake Boss stars!

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Sparky meets Buddy's sister Grace, and her husband Joe!

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Sparky sees the start of his cake being made and poses with Mauro, Buddy's right-hand man!

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For more photos, visit Sparky's Facebook page

-Lauren Backstrom

In celebration of Sparky's 60th birthday, Carlos Bakery in Hoboken, NJ - home of TLC's The Cake Boss, is making a special birthday cake. The cake will be on display at the 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo next week. Check out some photos from his tour of the bakery:

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Cake decorator Danielle airburshes flames for Sparky's birthday cake!

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Sparky greets the crowd from behind the counter at the bakery!

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Sparky helps the bakers taste test some fresh cookies!

For more photos, visit Sparky's Facebook page

-Lauren Backstrom

You’ll hear us mention rather frequently about the growing level of government support for electric vehicles. This support is helping (hopefully) to remove barriers that may keep consumers from adopting new EVs and building the necessary infrastructure so they can thrive. However, it is important not to underestimate one of the most important factors in how quickly this country embraces electric vehicles: the enthusiasm and interest of the general public.

 

Today, one of the easiest ways to capture consumer response is social media. The social media space is a way for the public to interact with their favorite products, brands or companies on a new, personal level. And hundreds of thousands of people are getting to know EVs through social media channels.

 

The official Chevrolet Volt Facebook page already has nearly 55,000 “Likes” and growing. Though the pace of EV sales has been steady, this number is staggering considering that only 2,184 Volts have been sold this year. The Nissan Leaf Facebook page has nearly double the fanfare, with close to 108,000 “Likes” despite the only 2,167 vehicles that have made it on to the roads.

 

The online popularity of these vehicles and how that popularity translates into long-term sales is still to be determined. Yet the numbers do show that consumers are enthusiastic and want to learn more. Social media channels like Facebook serve as a way to satisfy the desire for information among the growing electric vehicle fan base.

 

Recently, Toyota, the producer of the most popular hybrid vehicle in the U.S., announced it was developing a private social network exclusively for Toyota customers and their vehicles. The appropriately named Toyota Friend is a way for electric car and plug-in hybrid customers to connect remotely to their vehicles using smart phones and the Internet. From there, they can examine the vehicle’s energy usage, check battery status, manage charging and set routes.

 

Here at the NFPA EV Blog, we also continue to embrace social media as a way to share information with our audience. Aside from the blog itself, NFPA manages a Facebook page and Twitterfeed with regular news and updates about the EV project and other items important to the firefighter and first responder communities. We encourage you to follow us, friend us or simply pass along the message to friends and colleagues.

Angela Burke, NFPA

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f047930970b-450wi.jpgWe've got another clue for you to help you guess where Sparky is headed on his road trip to celebrate his 60th birthday!

 

We're passing through "New York, New York" and just crossed under the George Washington Bridge! The rest of this trip should be a piece of cake...


Remember, to leave any guesses below in the comments (just click the "comment" button) or on Sparky's Facebook page.

-Lauren Backstrom

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We've provided a couple of clues as to where Sparky's "sweet" road trip destination is - think carefully and they could help you make a great guess!

First up: Sparky stopped at the Willington, CT rest area on highway 84 West!


Then we received a couple of guesses for Hershey, PA - and while that is a great guess, it is not where Sparky is headed. We thought we would "serve" up some more hints.

Next, Sparky made a pit stop at the Golden Age of Trucking Museum in Middlebury, CT.

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We'll keep the hints coming if you keep the guesses coming! You can leave guesses on Sparky's Facebook page, or here in the comments section. To leave a comment, just click on the comment button below.

-Lauren Backstrom

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