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Sparky was in his element at Missouri State Fair

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By Lisa Braxton

The Missouri State Fair, held earlier this month in Sedalia, Missouri, featured hands-on activities, competitions, thrilling amusement rides, and world-class entertainment. One of the most enthusiastic participants was Sparky the Fire Dog. He played Frisbee with the kids, rode a mechanical bull, washed windows at a lemonade stand, and even climbed aboard a tractor.

Most important of all, he and his helpers provided fair goers of all ages with fire safety information on smoke alarms and escape planning.

“Sparky walked the crowd and even posed for photos with our state legislators and state police,” said Inspector/Public Education Specialist Lianne Stone with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. Stone is also an NFPA Public Education network representative. “The state fair was a great venue for Sparky to get important information to people during the brief time that he had with them.”

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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