Fire Corps Coordinator Releases New Children's Fire Safety Book

Monday, 19 May 2008

Firefighter and Public Educator Dayna Hilton of Clarksville, AR, has added two new hats: that of publisher and author. Hilton, Fire Corps Coordinator for the Johnson County Rural Fire District #1 fire safety team, released her new children’s book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, on April 11 at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The book is named after Hilton’s Dalmatian, whom Hilton has trained to help teach fire safety messages to children.

As children follow the adventures of Sparkles, they learn valuable fire safety tips that will help keep them and their families safe. The book is based on the latest research presented in Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Publications’ comprehensive Fire Safety for Young Children, an Early Childhood Education Curriculum for children between the ages of four and five years old. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog addresses four of the eight key fire safety concepts from the curriculum, including: recognizing the firefighter as a helper and a friend, knowing the sound and purpose of a smoke alarm, learning how to crawl low under smoke, and understanding the importance of practicing a home fire drill using an escape map.

One of Hilton’s goals as an educator is to assist fire departments across the country with their fire and life safety educational programming. One of the ways in which her publishing company hopes to assist is to provide fire departments with the opportunity to purchase copies of the book at a promotional price. The department can then sell the book at full price and use the proceeds for their department’s fire and life safety educational efforts. Departments may want to solicit funds from local businesses and other sponsors to purchase the book at the promotional rate.

Hilton’s next book, Sparkles Goes to Boston, will be released next year and will include additional fire safety messaging. Hilton and Sparkles will travel to Boston in June to take photos for the book with members of the Southborough Fire Department. They will also conduct fire safety programs for area children.

For more information about Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, please visit Hilton’s web site at or contact Hilton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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