Florida Forest Service Partners with Disney to Raise Awareness for Florida's Wildland Firefighters

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News Release: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
July 7, 2014

Tallahassee, FL – The daring work of the Florida Forest Service and other wildland firefighting agencies is depicted in Disney’s new animated film, “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Moviegoers in Florida will view a short educational video about the Florida Forest Service and its efforts to protect Florida from wildfire before the feature film begins.

“The Florida Forest Service is an elite team of selfless public servants who put their lives on the line to protect our residents, homes, businesses and natural resources,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “This partnership is a unique opportunity to teach kids about the important work they do.”

Members of the Florida Forest Service and Radio Disney’s Road Crew will greet guests and demonstrate firefighting equipment on the red carpet at pre-screening events, beginning tonight:

  • July 7 at 7 p.m.: AMC Aventura Theatre, Miami

  • July 10 at 7 p.m.: AMC Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs

  • July 14 at 7 p.m.: Westshore Plaza AMC Theatre, Tampa

Much like the film portrays, the Florida Forest Service combines a unique array of firefighting equipment to battle the blazes. The Florida Forest Service employs 22 certified wildland firefighting pilots who respond to wildfires in airplanes and helicopters. In total, there are 631 Florida Forest Service employees who are trained and certified wildland firefighters. These employees fill various wildfire suppression roles including fighting wildfire on the ground with a range of specialized equipment.

“We are proud to see our wildland firefighters depicted on the big screen,” said State Forester Jim Karels.

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