1950’s Aerial Firefighting and Smokey Bear

1950’s Aerial Firefighting and Smokey Bear

A look at aerial firefighting 60+ years ago:

However, as per the background poster:

If you really feel the need to sing along to Smokey Bear we are happy to oblige:


But while in the song it is Smokey THE Bear (to scan better), the Smokey Bear Act of 1952 (16 U.S.C. 580 (p-2); 18 U.S.C. 711) is a federal law to protect Smokey Bear.

We couldn’t make this up…!

Seriously though Smokey Bear is the longest running public service advertising campaign in US Ad Council history:

And our favourite (because who doesn’t like a bear hug?):


Safety Resources

For more on carefully crafting safety messages see our article: Mastering the Message: Transform Your Safety Communication

Plus more on the conversion of the latest fire-fighting aircraft: BAe 146 & Avro RJ85 Fire Bombers

UPDATE 30 August 2016: As the US National Parks turn 100 Vintage films show risky (and hilarious) behaviour in US national parks 

UPDATE 28 July 2018: Wayward Window: Fatal Loss of a Fire-Fighting Helicopter in NZ

UPDATE 1 December 2018: Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike from Firefighting Bucket