The service has worked really well since the Brigade began providing it six months ago, according to Andrew Phillips, Home and Community Care Manager for Orbost Regional Health.
“This has been a great initiative that was made possible by CFA Brigade members. They’re helping out people that just aren’t able to climb ladders and check smoke alarms,” said Andrew.
“In some instances they were replacing entire smoke alarms and providing additional alarms where necessary. Their last visit was timed to coincide with the Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery campaign, and they were even changing people’s clocks for them!”
The partnership worked well because everyone played their part, said Brigade Administrative Support Officer Rob Melville.
“Orbost Regional Health provided funding to purchase additional batteries , the local Home Hardware Store sold them at a discounted price and our Brigade members installed them.”
“It was also good that Orbost Regional Health took care of all the paperwork, which allowed our Brigade to get on with the job.”
The campaign was launched with the help of Matthew White from the Richmond Football Club, who raced against Max Johnson from CFA’s Edithvale Brigade as well as Firefighter Garry Connolly from MFB to change smoke alarm batteries.