Just the other day, one of my colleagues here at NFPA sent the trailer to Disney’s latest film, Planes: Fire & Rescue. We had heard about this film many months back and as a fan of Disney/Pixar, I have been very curious to see how the film house would tackle such a timely and important topic as wildfire. Planes, which centers its story on a group of elite firefighting aircraft that sets out to protect historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire, will be released on July 18.
Check out the trailer to the movie or watch it below.
While the film does focus its attention on suppression (hence, the name, Planes), it’s important to remember that homeowners can and should still play a role in developing wildfire safety practices long before a wildfire threatens the community. Since there is no guarantee that firefighters will be able to reach our neighborhoods during a wildfire event, it’s up to all of us to do the work, because, what we do today will help reduce our risk tomorrow for damage and loss of property, limit the amount of injuries, and ultimately, help keep our firefighters safer while they are on the job.
So, if you do plan on seeing the film with your family (and I know I will, for sure!), we encourage you to take this opportunity when you get home to engage everyone in a discussion about wildfire preparedness and the importance of wildfire safety. Need some help? We’ve got a handful of great resources you can draw on to start the conversation:
- A wildfire safety tips sheet, including simple and easy tasks the whole family can do together.
- A new web page that provides important steps to consider before a wildfire strikes, when a wildfire is in your area, and after the wildfire has been contained.
- A Firewise Tips Checklist for Homeowners that includes the above-mentioned safety tips that can be taped to your fridge; a great way to mark your progress.
Additionally, for families with students in grades 6 - 8, the Ad Council recently informed me that they (together with the help of the U.S. Forest Service) created a Planes: Fire & Rescue Educational Activity Book that you can find on the Smokey.org website. The Disney Planes-themed exercises feature wildfire facts, games and activities and campfire safety information. If you haven’t noticed already, the Ad Council has also had a number of Planes-themed PSAs airing on local radio, TV and placed on billboards. Maybe you’ve heard or seen one of them?
As always, we want to hear from you. Let us know if/when you head to your local theatre and what you think of the movie. If you catch any of the PSAs, shoot us a note through our Twitter or Facebook accounts. We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the show!