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Florida Forest Service promotes wildfire prevention with new Disney movie

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 06:01 PM CDT


MILTON, FL – The Florida Forest Service has partnered up
with several local movie theaters to take part in an outreach program promoting
wildfire prevention and the new Disney movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”

On Friday, July 18, FFS firefighters will be at the opening
of the new movie which features cartoon versions of some of the equipment –
airplanes, helicopters and bulldozers – used throughout Florida in the
suppression of wildfires. The goal behind this effort is to put a face to the
cartoon characters and show children that what they see on screen is a part of
the Forest Service’s everyday job. Firefighters and foresters will have
“Planes” coloring pages and activities as well as Florida Forest Service
equipment for movie goers to check out.

“It’s an opportunity to connect with the younger audience
and teach them that what they’ve seen in the movie is a very real thing,” said
Joe Zwierzchowski, Public Information Officer for the FFS’ Blackwater District.
“With an increase in fire activity out west and the always present threat of
wildfires here at home, we’re excited to be part of it. That and we’re pretty
excited about the movie ourselves. It’s not every day your job gets made into a
cartoon movie.”

When and Where:

ESCAMBIA COUNTY: Bayou 15 in Pensacola from noon to 4 p.m.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY: Ridge Cinema 8 in Pace from 4 to 7 p.m.

OKALOOSA COUNTY: Marquis 10 in Crestview from noon to 6 p.m.

Florida Forest Service promotes wildfire prevention with new Disney movie

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