FCB and Fire & Emergency NZ launch an escape

This week saw the launch of Fire & Emergency NZ’s ‘Escape Week,’ in partnership with FCB – encouraging Kiwis to understand the very real risk of house fires and to create a plan for every member of the household to escape safely, in the event of fire.

The campaign focuses on why New Zealanders need an escape plan and how to create an escape plan in the event of a house fire. Communications highlighting the fact that a house fire becomes un-survivable in less than three minutes drive people to Fire & Emergency’s Escape Planning Tool. The step-by-step process points out potential blind spots in helping people to prepare their own life saving escape plan:.

“Using our Escape My House tool will make you think about important things that you may not have considered,” says National Advisor Fire Risk Management, Peter Gallagher. “Things like a second exit in case your normal exit is blocked, making sure you know where your keys are if doors are deadlocked and having a safe meeting place for everyone in your household.”

To support the campaign, FCB created a three-minute TVC, which uses a unique soundscape to tell the story of a family trying to escape a house fire, also extending its use across radio. Partnering with TVNZ, FCB also delivered a first of its kind ad-break takeover. Smoke and flames fill what looks like a normal break of 30” spots from TVNZ and other FCB clients until smoke totally eclipses the screen – demonstrating the speed of fire and the importance of an escape plan.

“We wanted to build on the work we created last year and thanks to the great opportunities our media people created for us we’ve been able to do that. We’re thrilled with the results,” say Peter Vegas and Leisa Wall, Executive Creative Directors at FCB.

In addition to the three minute ad takeovers, the promotion of Escape Week includes a partnership with NZME, sharing the story of a real family losing a loved one to a housefire; a partnership with TVNZ featuring book ends during Breakfast with Matty McLean; a “720 word story” full page press ad – telling the story of a house fire breaking out in the middle of the night; and various digital and social elements.

Watch the spot here:

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