As a Bostonian I have to admit I was impressed this week with the statue that LEGO created for David Ortiz, the Red Sox' beloved designated hitter, who will wrap up his hall-of-fame Major League Baseball career this year. Big Papi has received a lot of cool bon voyage gifts this season, but the LEGO replica in his likeness definitely stood out from the slugger's farewell swag.
I'm not surprised at LEGO's ingenuity, generosity and support of game-changers though. NFPA has partnered with LEGOLAND for several years showing support to other heroes - first responders. In fact, LEGOLAND announced this week that they are once again offering free admission to first responders at LEGOLAND Florida Resort throughout the month of September. The incentive for active firefighters, police, EMS, and a host of other enforcement officers and up to three of their family members at the Winter Haven, Florida theme-park is just one of many engagement activities that LEGOLAND stages, with the support of NFPA, throughout the year. NFPA is proud to partner with both the Florida destination and LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad to create awareness of first responders, fire prevention tips and emergency response efforts year round.
From now through October at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, families can enjoy a myriad of other fun activities. On October 7th, the Polk Country Fire Department will be onsite to interact with visitors to the park, participate in challenges, ask trivia questions, help kids try on firefighter uniforms and hand out NFPA's Fire Prevention Week collateral. First responders will also be onsite on Firefighter Fridays throughout the rest of October at the Florida location to interact with park visitors. At LEGOLAND California Resort, park officials will conduct fire-theme LEGO builds, trivia contests, and provide fire safety tips on October weekends. NFPA will also share Halloween fire safety tips and fun materials during the popular Brick-or-Treat activities that take place every weekend in October at each park.
NFPA works with both LEGOLAND sites throughout the year, sharing fire safety information with the families who visit the hands-on theme parks each year. Currently, both parks are showcasing messages about smoke alarms and escape plans on wall murals, display signage, and via videos played in park theaters and attraction cue lines.
Be sure to visit the LEGOLAND Florida Resort site above to learn more details about free first responder admission in September.