The Corinth Fire Department is working to raise funds needed to replace the worn-out “Sparky” firepup mascot costume.
“The suit has about had it,” said Training Officer Jerry Worley.
Part of continuing education at the Corinth Fire Department, “Sparky” is very important to the community, said Worley.
“We use the suit to help teach kids about fire safety. He goes to community events, rides in Christmas parades and gives groups tours of the fire station,” said Worley.
Developed by the National Fire Safety Council, the friendly Dalmatian character makes learning about fire and burn prevention and life safety issues, fun, entertaining and non-threatening.
“‘Sparky’ is a friendly and positive role model for children,” added Worley. “Kids respond to the costume in a positive manner and recognize him wherever he goes.”
Even though the department is near the end of a raffle on a LIT cooler, they still need more dollars to make the new firepup suit purchase.
Worley said the department hopes to receive a $1,250 matching grant from Morden Woodman, as well.
The new and improved firepup costume includes a large head with helmet attached and a built-in fan, a shirt with attached mock suspenders and buckles, a pair of black drawstring pants with an attached tail, a yellow vinyl fire coat, white fur gloves and one pair of over-sized adjustable boots.
The current suit has been used by the department for close to 12 years, and according to Worley will cost more than $3,000 to replace.
“We need help from the community to keep ‘Sparky’ around,” he added.
The local firepup has a busy weekend on tap.
His schedule includes stops at the Crossroads Arena and the downtown Corinth Fillmore Block Party on Saturday.
(To donate or for more information, contact Worley at 662-415-2110. Make checks payable to the Corinth Fire Department Firemans Fund, 300 Childs Street, Corinth, MS. 38834.)