ROOSEVLET FIRE DEPARTMENT TEAMS UP WITH STATE SENATOR STEVE SALAND TO PROMOTE FIRE SAFETY -
In early September of 2002, Roosevelt Fire Department representatives Chris Petsas and Ted Plass met with State Senator Steve Saland to ask for his assistance to obtain funding for a nearly $9000 fire prevention robot called "Sparky the Fire Dog". (This was under the direction of Roosevelt Fire Chief Lew Darrow and Assistant Chief in charge of fire prevention Roy Hall)
Sparky is an animated miniature fire truck robot used to teach both children and adults the importance of fire safety. Sparky can speak, play music, is mobile, has lights and sirens, can move its head, eyes and mouth and is the leading advocate for the National Fire Protection Agency.
After meeting with the Senator and stressing the importance of promoting fire safety and the need to obtain a more "technologically advanced and interactive" tool, the Senators office awarded the fire department a $8000 grant in February 2003, for the purpose of purchasing Sparky, with the district covering the balance.