FCB and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Launch 'Escape Week'

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The campaign urges Kiwis to make a potentially life-saving escape plan in case of a house fire
FCB and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Launch 'Escape Week'

Fire and Emergency New Zealand, in partnership with FCB, recently launched 'Escape Week’, a week long event that ran from the 9th to the 15th of February, that encouraged New Zealanders to proactively make a plan, so they can escape their home if a fire were to break out.

House fires are more common than people think with one occurring about every three hours somewhere in New Zealand. It’s therefore vital people know what to do and practice how to get out alive.

Using a tool found here families and flatmates only need to take three minutes to make a potentially life-saving escape plan.

Says Peter Gallagher, national advisor fire risk management: “Using our escape my house tool will make you think about important things that you may not have considered. 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 has created a three minute TVC covering the entire ad break, in partnership with TVNZ. The unique ad, which focuses on the audio rather than the visual experience, is timed to show you how quickly a fire can spread, but also give you back three minutes to make your escape plan using the tool.


In addition to the three minute ad takeovers, the promotion of Escape Week includes:

  • A segment within Seven Sharp, which saw Hillary Barry completing the escape plan with a family during segment 'Hillary Helps'
  • Personalised TVCs via TVNZ OnDemand featuring people’s names and pushing them to complete their escape plan
  • 'Ad on Pause' – a static ad pop up when viewers push pause while watching OnDemand
  • Digital – including TV sync banners and dynamic banners with latest numbers of fires fed into the creative and geotargeted
  • Social – including Facebook ‘Escape Week’ Event

An influencer programme will also be running in support.

Says Leisa Wall and Peter Vegas, creative directors, FCB: “To see the effect this project had on people was really rewarding. You couldn’t help but think about the risk to your own family working on this. We really wanted to make something that was impactful and also rewarded the trust that Fire and Emergency showed in us when we suggested going with a three minute piece of content on TV. Its very powerful when you just have audio and ask the audience to paint their own image in their heads.”

Adds Peter: “Making an escape plan on the spot is almost impossible in a fire when you’re scared and disoriented. Toxic smoke can make it hard to see, breathe and even think clearly so it’s important that you prepare and know what to do to get to safety before it is too late.”

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Client: Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Creative Agency: FCB New Zealand

Chief Creative Officer: Tony Clewett

Creative Director: Peter Vegas

Creative Director: Leisa Wall

Creative Services Director: Jenni Doubleday

Sound Designer: Brendon Morrow | Starla Audio

Head of Content: Producer

Managing Director Wgtn: Sean Keaney

Account Director: Katya Frolova

Account Manager: Charlotta Cutfield

Senior Strategist: Hilary Dobson

Group Business Director: Alex Bunnell

Account Director Media: Scarlett Harvey

Digital Account Director: Jasmeen Makan

Digital Account Manager: Keegan Flood

Senior Account Executive: Taylor Wong

Account Executive: Genevieve Barker

Digital Account Executive: Vaughan Young

Search Senior Account Manager: Poornima Chahar

Head of PR, Activation and Social: Angela Spain

PR & Activation Senior Account Manager: Georgia Boyce

Genres: Music & Sound Design, Storytelling, Dialogue, Drama

Categories: Environment, Corporate, Social and PSAs

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