With the assistance of the Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade, members of the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh have completed a marathon battery replacement program, visiting and replacing the batteries in smoke alarms in the town’s senior citizens.
Two shifts of five teams comprising 3-4 people assembled in the Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade meeting room for a brief orientation, to receive batteries and instruction packs as well as a safety briefing before setting out.
Each team was allocated nine sectored addresses to visit, and then allocated CFA or private vehicles. Each shift took approximately 2-2.5 hours to complete, visiting our town's elderly to replace their smoke alarm batteries. Although most alarms worked on preliminary testing, it was found that some were either faulty or had flat batteries, proving the need for such a project.
Those who had faulty units were advised to seek further specialist assistance for unit replacement.
Upon replacement of multiple batteries, further testing, all of the elderly recipients were extremely grateful and thanked us for our service.
For many it was an opportunity for social interaction with us, as many were single occupants, living a solitary life.
Overall, we had 92 property visits, replacing approximately 180 batteries, and received $151.00 in donations that Rotary Bacchus Marsh donated to the Brigade.
This project would not be possible without the support of :
PP Scott Pepin