Dayna Hilton

Firefighter Dayna Hilton

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Children's Author Dayna Hilton and her fire safety dogs, Sparkles  the Fire Safety Dog and Spanner
Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog as seen in Cesar's Way Magazine, Dog Fancy Magazine, Dog World Magazine, DogSport Magazine, FIDO Friendly Magazine, Parents Magazine, USA, People, Animal,'s Paw Nation, FOX and Friends and PBS KIDS Sprout.
Author, Firefighter and Fire Safety Educator Dayna Hilton, joined the fire service in 2000. A nationally recognized fire safety expert, Hilton's four-legged companion, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, travels with Hilton, taking their fire safety messages to children across the United States. Together, the duo has reached millions of children and their caregivers. Hilton has appeared on PBS KIDS Sprout and FOX and Friends. She currently appears on the the PBS KIDS Sprout Website, sharing fire safety tips with her Dalmatians,Sparkles and Spanner.

As a second generation firefighter, Hilton is Founder and Executive Director of Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, owner of Firehouse Dog Publishing, and the author of the award-winning, critically acclaimed children's fire safety book and audio book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Hilton, named one of the 101 Women Bloggers to watch in 2010 by We Magazine, is an avid blogger and host of,, Safety Talk Radio and the Playing it Safe Blog on In addition, Hilton hosts numerous other fire safety-related blogs and websites.

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Hilton, a certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educator II and Firefighter II, serves on the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission, is a deputy fire marshal for the State of Arkansas and serves on several national fire service committees. Hilton is an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy and a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy. She is the state educator contact for NFPA for the state of Arkansas, a member the Home Safety Council's Expert Network and a Contributing Editor.

Her award winning children's fire safety book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, was honored to have been mentioned on the Floor of Congress in March 2009 and in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Community Preparedness Sub-Committee in June 2008. Hilton's fire safety efforts were recognized on the Arkansas House of Representative Floor in November 2009 (House Bill 1807). The book is featured in the Home Safety Council's Start Safe pre-school curriculum and Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection Publication's Fire Safety for Young Children curriculum. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is the most current children's fire safety book and audio book on the market and has been credited with saving the lives of two adults and seven children.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2007 there were more than 1.5 million fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,430 civilian deaths, 17,675 civilian injuries, and $14.6 billion in property damage. In that same year, there was a civilian fire related death every 30 seconds. Firefighter Dayna and Sparkles hope to help change these unfunfortunate statistics, one fire safety presentation at a time.
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Genres: Children's non-fiction picture books


Award-winning critically acclaimed children's fire safety books by author Dayna Hilton

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog
Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog (1st Edition)

Finalist National Best Book 2008 from USA Book News / Children's Non-Fiction

Finalist National Best Book 2008 from USA Book News / Children's Picture Book: Softcover Non-Fiction

Presentations: Hilton is currently booking visits for her latest book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, and new book, Sparkles Goes to Boston. Thirty minute program includes children meeting a real fire safety dog, the reading of Hilton's children's fire safety book, singing fire safety songs and the administration of the Jr. Firefighter Oath, as well as a question and answer time. Dayna adapts her presentation to the age of the audience, so that the appropriate fire safety educational messages will be taught. If multiple classes are grouped together for a presentation, it is suggested that the students are close in age. Students will learn four valuable fire safety messages that will help keep them and their family fire safe.

Audiences: Typically, Firefighter Dayna and her fire safety dogs speak to K-1 audiences. In addition to schools, Hilton and Sparkles are open to other requests, such as libraries, safety events, fire department events and festivals. Presentations can be tailored to meet your specific needs.


"I am a kindergarten teacher whose class was able to Skype with Firefighter Dayna. One of my students brought her book to class. We were able to listen to Firefighter Dayna read the story as I showed the children the pictures. The students loved listening to an author read her story to them. We also had an question and answer session in which we discussed fire safety. Seeing Tango and Siren was so fun! The children were fascinated by the Skyping session and the students learned so much! Thanks to Firefighter Dayna, Tango, and Siren for combining literacy, technology, and fire safety into one unforgettable lesson." Amy Fonk, Kindergarten Teacher

"The second grade students at Crestview Elementary had the opportunity to do a Sype visit with author Dayna Hilton and Firefighter Jim. The students and teachers were so excited about the visit and were not dissappointed. Firefighter Dayna was enthusiastic about her book and teaching the students about fire safety. The students loved listening to Firefighter Dayna read her story. They were especially excited to be able to listen to Firefighter Jim introduce and read Ms. Hilton's newest book Sparkles goes to Boston. The students learned many fire safety tips, sang songs and were able to ask questions. It was a very exciting time and one that the students or teachers of Crestview won't soon forget! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Firefighter Dayna, Tango and Siren." Dolores Bluntschly, Crestview Elementary

"Students at my school used Skype to connect via the Internet with Dayna, Siren and Tango live from Arkansas. The students were so excited and amazed at the experience. It seemed as if Dayna and the dogs were sitting right in their classroom!
The students were able to interact with Dayna and to see Siren and Tango . They asked many thought-
provoking questions. They learned a lot about dalmations and fire safety and how to stay
stay low and go! The Skype has been their favorite part of the school year so far!
-Karen Keys, Teacher/Librarian, Canada

Available Times: If Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and Firefighter Dayna aren't traveling, they are available to Skype at anytime. Please keep in mind that as October (Fire Prevention Month) gets closer, Hilton and Sparkles are generally booked solid. To reserve your spot, please reserve your spot early!

In-Depth Visit Length: Thirty minute program

In-Depth Visit Cost: FREE until March 2013. If school provides cost of postage, Hilton will send an autographed copy of the first edition of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog for $12.50 and links to free downloadable fire safety related materials .Book your Skype visit today and receive the following downloadable bonuses: Sparkles' Fire Safety Skype Tour eBook, Jr. Firefighter Certificate, Fire Safety Dog Poster, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Escape Map, Follow-up letter to parents from Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog “Save page.”

Pre-requisites: In order to have a successful presentation, it is essential that students be familiar with the book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Students need to have their questions prepared for in advance (for the younger students, it is helpful if the teacher helps them prepare a few questions in advance). Visiting Sparkles' website ahead of time is a definate bonus to the learning experience.

Skype visit may not be recorded.

FREE DOWNLOADABLE Teacher's Guide to help plan your Skype visit.

Affiliations: IFSAC Fire and Life Safety Educator II

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