Wrapping up a year-long celebration of his 60th birthday, Sparky the Fire Dog® spread holiday cheer and fire safety messages at the annual holiday party for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Boston Sunday December 18 when DCF staff, foster and adoptive children, and families came together to celebrate the holiday season. Sparky handed out copies of his new book created for his birthday which helps children learn to keep safe from fire.
Sparky the Fire Dog® was created for the NFPA in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. Millions have learned about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image.
According to NFPA research, children under five are one-and-a-half times more likely to die in a home fire than the general public. Sparky plays an important role in communicating fire safety to kids and families. The use of games, characters and children’s activities are key in providing safety messages in fun and entertaining way.
DCF is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families. There are currently 8,000 children in foster care across Massachusetts and 40,000 children in all served by the Department. With the understanding that every child is entitled to a home that is free from abuse and neglect, DCF’s vision is to ensure the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child’s growth and development into adulthood. DCF programs include foster care, adoption, adolescent services and domestic violence services.