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There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles among car buyers. It can take some time for the public to embrace new technology. It is hard to change, and many choose to avoid the discomfort of something new unless there is a catalyst for change. For some that catalyst may be $4.00 per gallon gasoline.

Earlier this month, Toyota reported that sales of all Prius brand hybrids rose 52% in February. Sales were far higher than the approximately 8% increase predicted by analysts at the beginning of 2012. As gas prices continue to climb demand has risen at such a fast pace that Toyota is sending more than 25,000 cars to dealers in an effort to meet demand.  


While not all alternative-fuel vehicles may be experiencing the same spike in demand, the Prius is an example of how, with time, the general public can learn to adapt and embrace these new vehicles. Nearly one year ago, Toyota announced that it had exceeded the one million mark in sales of the Prius, coming a long way since its first days on the road more than 10 years ago.

Have you responded to a crash involving a Prius? Chances are, many of you have. What was once a novelty on the road is now commonplace, and it may not be too long before you come across a Volt, Leaf or another electric vehicle.

Gas prices show no sign of falling anytime soon, and we are working to make sure first responders are prepared for what’s coming down the road as more and more consumers across the country look into making the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles.


NFPA at LEGOLAND Miniland 2

By now we're sure you have heard of our new fire safety partnership with LEGOLAND Florida. Yesterday, we received the photos above of the newest addition to LEGOLAND's Miniland and we wanted to share. An NFPA firehouse and fire truck are now situated in "Washington D.C." 

Have you been to LEGOLAND Florida yet and watched "The Big Test?" Now you've got one more reason to visit! Be sure to stop over at NFPA's website for discount tickets

Send us your photos! If you visit LEGOLAND, we want to see your photos at The Big Test and Miniland - so post them to Sparky's Facebook page

Illinois fire departments are being asked to sign a pledge to help prevent the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, traffic crashes are the #2 cause of on-duty firefighter deaths. Ken Willette of the National Fire Protection Association says crashes are also about the last area his group can do something about.

Read the full report on CBS Chicago, hear audio from Ken Willette.


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