FIRE SAFE: Jean McGrath, Dave Valentine and Station Officer Nat La Macchia.
FIRE SAFE: Jean McGrath, Dave Valentine and Station Officer Nat La Macchia.

Local firefighters give alarming power to seniors

MORE than 200 Coffs Coast seniors have been receiving a special helping hand from their local firefighters.

After being alerted by Meals on Wheels supervisor Bronwyn Webber, three lads arrived at the home of Jean McGrath yesterday to change the batteries in her smoke alarm.

And it's a good thing they did as Jean's alarm was found to have seen better days and will soon be replaced.

"The fire station staff have been doing this service for years and it's much appreciated," Ms Webber said.

Station Officer Nat La Macchia said there's even an alarm available for the hearing impaired.

"It's a flashing strobe light with a buzzer under the pillow and is very hard to miss," he said.

"A service like this is something we enjoy doing."



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