The Dodge City Fire Department is asking local businesses and community members to make a donation to their Firepup program.
Firepup is an educational program that specifically targets children aged preschool to sixth grade and teaches them about fire prevention and safety.
All donations, which are tax-deductible, will go towards providing age appropriate learning materials such as hand-outs and coloring books.
"We believe that these materials are really beneficial to the children," Captain Ken Spencer of the Dodge City Fire Department said. "It really helps the lessons we give sink in, and the kids retain the information better."
All materials have been designed exclusively by the National Fire Safety Council and must be purchased through charitable donations only. According to a press release from the fire department, they offer age-specific 24-page activity manuals on smoke alarms, fire escapes, meeting places, baby-sitting, badges, fire hats and many more items used to teach the fundamentals of fire safety and burn prevention.
"We strongly believe by making children aware we can prevent tragic fire loss and death," the press release goes on to say.
Materials for the Firepup program cost $3.25 per child for the year. A $65 donation will help 20 children, $325 will help 100 children and $650 will help 200 children, but individuals and businesses can make donations of any size.
All donations are tax-deductible and should be mailed to;
Dodge City Fire Department
Dodge City, KS 67801
Donations may also be brought in in-person. The deadline to give a donation is Dec. 10.
Supporters will have their contribution acknowledged and specifically named on the prestige page of all fire safety activity manuals.
The fire department has been going to schools to educate children on fire safety for over 50 years and the Firepup program will follow basically the same format, just with new learning materials, according to Spencer.
"We are so grateful to the community for their support of this program," he said. "Anything that is donated will be appreciated."
For more information contact the fire department at (620) 225-8181.