For me, one of the great joys of research is the “thrill of the hunt.” While researching for an article on a particular topic, I may run across a story about a special fire horse, about a “new and improved” smoke mask, about a wacky fire escape, a strange method for sounding a fire alarm, or even a cute fire related poem. A few years ago I started copying and collecting these interesting anecdotes, jokes, and stories, and I created my “fun file.”

As time permits, I will pull some items out of my file and reprint them here, under the heading “Random Sparks” for your enjoyment and use.