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February 22, 2013 – First responders from all across southern California, their families and California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover were on hand today as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced its partnership with LEGOLAND® California Resort to serve as the Park’s presenting fire safety partner, providing lifesaving safety information.
The NFPA is sponsoring the Park’s fire safety-themed “The Big Test” live show at the Fun Town Stage where additional fire safety messages have been incorporated. “The Big Test” is the longest running show since the Park opened in 1999 and is an acrobatic comedy in which the Fun Town Volunteer Firefighters go through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become “real” firefighters. Special Activities are planned throughout the year promoting the importance of fire safety and acknowledging the critical work of the fire service.
“Fire departments respond to roughly 370,000 home fires per year, and most of those fires could have been prevented by following a few simple safety tips,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “NFPA’s partnership with LEGOLAND California Resort gives us the opportunity to share important fire safety information with thousands of children and their families in an entertaining setting. The content of ‘The Big Test’ show encourages an increased awareness of fire risks and how they can be avoided.”
The two key messages incorporated into The Big Test are for families to have working smoke alarms in their homes and to practice a home fire escape drill. The partnership also includes Park discounts that will be available during the duration of the partnership for NFPA members, friends and first responders as part of a first responder’s appreciation program.
“LEGOLAND California Resort is a multi-day destination for families with children ages 2-12 to not only have fun, but also be educated through hands-on, minds-on activities,” said Peter Ronchetti, LEGOLAND California Resort general manager. “This partnership with the NFPA enables LEGOLAND California Resort to further extend the mission of fire protection though education and safety tips throughout the year and that’s exciting.”
In support of fire safety, LEGOLAND California Resort guests helped construct throughout the week a LEGO® City Mural featuring first responders. A crew of firefighters from the Carlsbad Fire Department also offered their support by adding the final bricks to the mural. The mural will be on display at the newly remodeled LEGO City Build & Test attraction inside the Imagination Zone. The LEGO City Build & Test features test tracks where young engineers can build a fire or police vehicle to race against their competition.
NFPA became the official fire-safety partner of LEGOLAND California Resort’s sister Park, LEGOLAND Florida, in 2012.
About LEGOLAND® California Resort
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Hotel opening April 5 all geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and LEGO® Legends of Chima™ 4-D movie coming in March, 2013. SEA LIFE incorporates LEGO models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and the interactive Claws exhibit. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.