This week starts National Fire Prevention week and the release of Planes: Fire and Rescue. To celebrate Disney took 25 bloggers down to Van Nuys Air Tanker for a tour and tips on Fire Prevention. It was really amazing to see the planes and speak with assistant fire chief Steve Martin.
THE PLANES WE SAW
The two super scoopers! And I sat in the Pilot seat!
“They come from the province of Québec. They always come here in September and they generally can go through, depending on when the rains come, middle of November but we’ve had them as long as into January. I think last year we had big fires in January so they were here until February. We also augment with the air crane, this one over here. You’ve seen the movies. Obviously you’ve seen the characters based on these.”
Said Steve Martin….He continues….
“So I received a phone call from some folks that Gaby had worked with about three years ago and they said hey, you know that movie Cars? I’m like yeah. They go were going to do one on planes. And I go well, that sounds like a cool idea. But the Disney folks are so square, they go yeah, we’re working for 2014, 15 and 16, like way out. So they were just doing, at that time, investigating it and fact gathering and wanted to know some things. So like I said I’ve got to give props to the Disney people. They do their homework.”
He also goes on to say that he became a technical adviser to Disney and that he’s super excited that his name is in the movie credits.
“Basically when they make a movie they want it to be technically correct. And if I look back and I think when my son was young and I go to Disney movies and it’s something that I don’t know a lot about, it sure sounded like it was correct. But in this case here when it was about the aircraft and it was about flying, it was about the fire department, it was about rescues, we knew the language that we speak. And they took every single one of those things that I said and put it in the script and change the script.”
“And of course I didn’t know what the final product would be until the movie came out. So the movie came out middle of summer okay. Next thing I know my e-mail is blowing up. I’ve got people that said hey, I went to that Planes movie. And I saw your name on there. And I’m like really? They put my name on there? And they go yeah, LA County. How big was it? Was it big? Was it going fast? Was it like after a TV show or was it real slow with something funny happening? He said, no its slow. It was big.”
And here is the inside of the plane seen above!
FIRE SAFETY IN YOUR HOME
Make sure you have tested your batteries in your smoke alarms
It is recommended that every room in the house have two exits
Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible
TO PUT OUT A FIRE:
We were also taught how to put out a fire with a fire extinguisher. If you have an electric or grease fire then you have to use a fire extinguisher. And I had no idea that put the fire out you need to be at the bottom of the flames and go back and fourth with the extinguisher. Once you use your fire extinguisher you should buy a new one. You could have it re-filled but the fire chief talking to us said that it’s just cheaper to buy a new one. He said that the pressure is gone and it won’t work as well a second time.