NFPA and LEGOLAND California Resort teamed up Saturday to help honor Carlsbad firefighters and talk with hundreds of families about testing home smoke alarms. The appreciation and outreach event recognized Carlsbad firefighters’ service to the City, including fighting wildfires last May. The day highlighted NFPA’s 2014 partnership with LEGOLAND California which is spreading the word about working smoke alarms, leading up to Fire Prevention Week.
The Carlsbad Fire Department Appreciation Day served as a fundraiser for the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation. LEGOLAND presented a check to the Foundation with City Council members and Sparky the Fire Dog joining to mark the occasion. Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Davis thanked LEGOLAND and the Foundation for their support, saying “while today recognizes Carlsbad firefighters, it also helps honor all California firefighters.”
The special event was held at LEGOLAND’s longest running live show “The Big Test” an acrobatic comedy in which the Fun Town Volunteer Firefighters try to become “real” firefighters. Following the Appreciation ceremony, Carlsbad firefighters and their families enjoyed the show. As a national sponsor of LEGOLAND Parks, NFPA is the presenting sponsor of The Big Test at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Florida.
Throughout the day, hundreds of children and their families had a chance to test a smoke alarm at NFPA’s information station just outside The Big Test venue. NFPA staff talked about the importance of working smoke alarms, and testing them every month. Families also had a chance to enter the Smoke Alarm Pledge to test their smoke alarms at home, with a chance to win a grand prize trip for four to either LEGOLAND Florida or LEGOLAND California Resort.
Thanks goes to the LEGOLAND California team for hosting a great day for fire safety outreach. And thanks to Pat Mieszala, NFPA lead and southwest region public education advisor, for helping reach so many children and families about smoke alarm testing.