PRESS RELEASE: From R&M Video Productions (Hazy Management and Information Group for release on April 1, 2012):
The current rage on a number of the lesser known TV channels these days is "make over" or "business rescue" shows, where an expert is brought in to fix a formerly successful business that an inattentive or uncaring manager/owner has driven into the ground. We've seen the success stories of numerous bars, pubs, restaurants and hair salons but now stand by for " Fire Station Salvation", a new show coming to The Weather Channel in the fall.
Fire Station Salvation will focus on efforts to save fire stations and even whole fire departments around the world that have run into significant issues that have impeded performance of their jobs. Manpower issues, Hitler-like leaders, ancient apparatus, morale killing over-the-top regulations, demanding and unreasonable union officers and ill informed elected leaders all play a part in this insightful and exciting new series.
A board of expert, nationally known retired Fire Chiefs have been quietly assembled to act as Fire Station Salvation's Chief Engineers, with one of the former Fire Chiefs to be appointed as "Acting Chief" in the target fire station for a complete fiscal quarter, with full authority to make changes within the problem department, within existing budgetary guidelines. The Acting Fire Chief will have 90 days to show that their changes and ideas have turned the department around or led it to ruin. Each show will also feature a discussion panel of the department's existing officers who will express their opinions on the changes as they happen. Mixed in with all of this will be the unscripted and often chaotic emergency calls where life and limb are constantly at risk! Each episode will feature 3 different fire stations in rotation through the course of the 60 minute show but the show will re-visit fire stations at different times to update viewers on the Acting Fire Chief’s progress during his/her 90 days of change.
This Firehouse Needs Salvation!
The Fire Chiefs who have agreed to sit on our Board of Engineers will compete against each other for points that will determine who the winner is at the end of the season. The winner will get a much deserved vacation while the losers will have the option to return next season to compete again in a new, problem fire station.
While many of these "reality" shows use scripted conflict to generate fireworks between the cast members, Fire Station Salvation will rely on the personality conflicts between these tight-knit Fire and Rescue co-workers who seem to be constantly at odds with each other, their supervisors and the people they are supposed to protect.
Still unclear on the concept? Think of it as "Cops" meets "Rescue Me" with a little "Super Nanny" and "Wife Swap" thrown in!
Fire Station Salvation, a Rowan & Martin Production.
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