The FDNY Foundation joined the FDNY to celebrate the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend.
“We are excited about spreading fire safety to a large audience on this national stage,” said Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, FDNY Director of Fire Safety Education. “We are proud of the work we do every day and are thankful for this opportunity to participate in the Dog Show and hopefully, save lives with the information we’re able to hand out.”
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show dates back to 1877 and is considered the world’s most famous and prestigious canine event. It is the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in the country, behind the Kentucky Derby. Entries include dogs from 48 states and Washington, D.C., as well as 14 foreign countries. New York State has the most entries with 242. The competition will feature 72 breeds of dogs, and more than 3,000 dogs are on hand for the week of events.
One dog on hand for the week of events is the FDNY’s Best in Show: Fire Safety Mascot, Hot Dog. Hot Dog attended Dog Show events at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan on Sat., Feb 14. Hot Dog will also attend special events on Mon., Feb.16 and Tues., Feb. 17 to help promote the FDNY’s educational programs.
Hot Dog is interacting with attendees of all ages at the Dog Show and taking photos in front of the FDNY’s 150th Anniversary banner.
The event is one of the many ways the FDNY is marking its 150th anniversary this year, with plans for involvement at parades, festivals, sporting events, concerts and attractions around the city. Additionally, the FDNY Foundation will fund special community events marking the anniversary, as well as the FDNY’s fire and life safety public education programs.
With a location within the Dog Show vendor area, the FDNY Fire Safety Education team is handing out safety literature for attendees to take home, including information on how to plan for fire emergencies, as well as the FDNY’s Fire Safety Activity Coloring Book, a special learning tool for kids.
“With each of these events, we are able to reach new audiences with our critical messages of fire safety education,” said FDNY Foundation Board Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “This anniversary year is giving us the opportunity share with new people around the city the information they need to save themselves in the case of a fire.”
For more information about the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education programs, visit us here.
For more information about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, click here.
"We are proud of the work we do every day and are thankful for this opportunity to participate in the Dog Show and hopefully, save lives with the information we're able to hand out."