Ever wondered why Dalmatians are often associated with fire departments? Well, here's an explanation. Benjamin Franklin, yup, the guy who discovered electricity, was an avid Dalmatian breeder. Not many people knew this, but Benjamin Franklin also was the first person to have the first fire department built in the New World. So one day he had the brilliant idea to bring the best of both worlds together by supplying Dalmatians as mascots for his fire department. Soon, this trend "spread like fire" and the Dalmatian was used in fire departments just about everywhere.