In response to the tragic death of a four-year-old boy who did not know how to escape his home in an August of 1999 house fire, our Trading Card program was born! The program has been a huge success with the kids and the firefighters. The cards have a picture of the firefighter on the front, firefighters' biography, and a life safety message on the back. Children can collect eight different cards each year while learning safe practices from their local heroes. 2,000 copies of each card are ordered and distributed at local schools, our Annual Open House, and other special events throughout the year. Each card is sponsored by a local business so there is no cost to the Fire Department. Each sponsor gets their name, address, phone number, and business logo on the back of the card.