My family is in a Relationship. A serious one, with the fire company. This is A-Okay with me. You see, we live in suburbia, where all the firemen are volunteers. Hardcore, solid guys and gals who work incredibly hard to serve us all solely out of the goodness of their hearts. I will never forget the day I was out sweeping the porch and I saw my neighbor, a fireman, peel out of his house and bolt across his lawn in a desperate run to meet the truck and go help someone. I looked down at the broom in my hand and thought, “Huh. I’m cleaning the porch and he’s saving lives…”.
Not only could these fire dudes save my family from a really scary situation at any given moment, they have blessed us in numerous ways:
They open up the doors of the firehouse and let my son have his 4th birthday party there. With a bangin’ cool cake.
They host a fire safety night every September. With real fires the kids get to put out and everything.
They cart the gorgeous red truck into my son’s preschool every year and let the kids oogle and open-mouth gape. And put up with squealing excitable children for hours on end.
My neighbor gave my son a knit EBFC (East Brandywine Fire Company) hat and he feels incredibly boss in it. He is incredibly boss.
Yeah, as institutions go, I’m in love. Sparky, the firedog mascot of the NFPA (and all local American fire stations)? He is our hero. So when word got out that the hot canine was busting in out in some new music videos? AND a new app? My kids were all over it (read: I lost the iPad for the foreseeable future).
Check out the video recommended for grades PreK-1, Little Rosalie by SteveSongs:
And I love the video suggested for grades 2-3, What’s That Sound? by Recess Monkey:
The tunes are catchy, hip, and they throw our beloved Sparky front and center. What red-blooded American kid doesn’t love on Sparky? We’ll cheer on that hip dog wherever he goes! My children were entranced and couldn’t get enough of checking out the videos and playing around with the new app.
These videos and the app make learning about fire safety fun and kid-friendly, something that I so appreciate. When my father was growing up, his home was destroyed by fire, so he was always adamant that my sister and I be knowledgeable about fire prevention and work delicatedly to protect against accidents in our house. Some modern-day resources that help me pass these important lessons to my own kids? Fantastic in my book.
It’s an honor to work with FEMA and the NFPA to promote this new tech-savvy Sparky to our kiddos. As a thank-you to you for giving feedback on these new videos, just leave a comment below by 12am on 3/18/14 telling us what your favorite part of these videos is or one thing your kid(s) learned from these videos, and you’ll be entered to win a $10 giftcard to Starbucks!*
I’m thankful for all the work the NFPA and firefighters every where do to protect us all. Know that here, in our little corner of Downingtown, PA, we are cheering you on with the vigor inherent to only those who have met a ROCKSTAR and fallen in love.
***Thank you to FEMA and NFPA for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% genuine.***
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