SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Federal Fire Department (FFD) partnered with Baskin-Robbins Corporation, at the main post exchange, here, in support of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program, April 29.

Firefighters helped serve ice cream at 31 cents a scoop, and in turn Baskin-Robbins donated $100,000 towards the junior firefighter program.

More than 2,000 people turned out to see the fire truck displays and meet Sparky the Fire Dog. As an added treat, recording artist and firefighter, Kalani Whitford, entertained the crowd.

The event was a success for both customers and the community.

"We served about 1,300 scoops of ice cream tonight," said Lori Maggard, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) food court manager. "With ice cream offered at 31 cents a scoop and the donation made by Baskin-Robbins ... everyone benefited from the event."

During the event, community members were given an opportunity to learn valuable fire prevention information.

"Most fires start at home," said Angela Sanders, an inspector with the FFD and an FFD program coordinator.

"Stove fires, kids playing with matches and lighters and electrical problems are the leading causes of home fires. That's why I want to teach people the importance of fire prevention in the home."

"The best way to fight a fire, is to prevent the fire," said Glenn DeLaura, fire chief (FFD). "That's why events like this are so important. We work hard teaching community members and commands, to learn not to burn."

The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program supports Emergency Responding Departments by offering scholarships and grants and fostering relationships and engaging in Fire/Rescue/EMS learning opportunities for our youth in Hawaii and across the nation.

For more information, call Victor Flint at the Federal Fire Department's Prevention Division at 808-471-3303, extension 633.