Firepup® Program "Be fire safety smart. Stop fires before they start!"®
In 1986, National Fire Safety Council, Inc. (NFSC) developed Firepup,® a friendly Dalmatian cartoon character, in an effort to make learning about fire and burn prevention and life safety issues, fun, entertaining, and non-threatening. Firepup® was developed to be a friendly and positive role model for children. He has proven to be a successful learning tool used by fire prevention officers and teachers across the country.
Firepup®’s accomplishments have been many. Here are a few: Firepup® has joined the ranks of many firefighting agencies throughout the nation. Fire prevention officers have used their puppet versions of Firepup® for presentations to children in hundreds of schools.
Firepup® appears in NFSC fire and burn prevention education programs and nearly 150 pieces of material for fire prevention officers and teachers. This adds continuity to the programs and identity to the organization.
Firepup® has his own set of multimedia materials that have been created for children’s fire safety education.
Firepup®’s image is portrayed by a cuddly hand-held puppet and a life-size costumed character. The character is treated as an auxiliary fire prevention officer by many fire departments. Many hospitals and children’s organizations use the character in their programs. Because of his good intentions and positive personality, Firepup® has become familiar to hundreds of thousands of children from all over the country who view Firepup® as a role model and trusted friend.