Government reviews Fire Kills creative account

The Department for Communities and Local Government has called a pitch through the Government Procurement Service to find a creative agency for its 'Fire Kills' campaigns.

Fire Kills: Government calls review
Fire Kills: Government calls review

The campaigns aim to establish a behavioural link between people changing their clocks twice a year and testing their smoke alarms.

The government has approached the ten agencies on its new creative roster, including Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, which has held the account for the past four years.

The 'Fire Kills' campaigns have run since 2011, with RKCR/Y&R creating campaigns such as the recent spot that coincided with the start of British Summer Time in March.

The film featured a boy in a fire-damaged house, who picks up a burnt clock and asks viewers to promise to test their smoke alarms before disappearing like a ghost.

The department is looking to continue its long-term "clock change" strategy until 2014 or 2015, after finding the dual behaviour of checking a smoke alarm at the same time as changing a clock has not yet been fully adopted.

The successful agency will be tasked with extending the campaign, which won a 2013 Marketing Society Award for Excellence in the not-for-profit category.

It will also evolve the work to its next stage, taking into account the number devices beyond clocks that now respond to time signals.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "We are tendering for an advertising agency for the Fire Kills campaign. The current contract with RKCR/Y&R has run out."

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