#TBT From The NFPA Archives: The Biography of Sparky® the Fire Dog

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Oct 24, 2019

Sparky the Fire Dog was created for the NFPA in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In addition to connecting with the public through educational programs, he has a very active website, sparky.org, which allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a trusted, interactive environment.



As the mascot of the National Fire Protection Association, Sparky the Fire Dog has a full biography:


  • Name:  Sparky the Fire Dog
  • Occupation: Fire Safety Advocate and Spokesdog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Registration: The name and image of Sparky, as well as the title Sparky the Fire Dog, are registered as trademarks and service marks of the National Fire Protection Association in both the United States and Canada.
  • Base of Operations: Headquarters of the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Born: March 18, 1951
  • Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Description: Sparky is an anthropomorphic fanciful character depicted as an adult Dalmatian who appears in full firefighter protective clothing at all times.
  • Identifying Marks: Sparky has three freckles on each side of his muzzle and five spots on each ear.
  • Personality: A positive approach to communicating fire safety advice.
  • Mission: Help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.


For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.

 The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic.

 Library staff are available to answer research questions from members and the general public.