Casino firies help legacy widows

WE ALL know they lay their lives on the line to protect people and property from fire.

They are also known to rescue the odd cat from a tree, but did you know our firefighters are also lending a hand to help war widows?

This week firefighters from the Casino branch of the NSW Fire Brigades were out in the community checking the smoke detectors of Legacy war widows.

“We make sure the alarms are in the right position and we replace the battery,” Casino station officer Peter Mollyer said.

Elaine Moran, 82, of Casino, was visited by the fire brigade for the first time yesterday.

“It's such a wonderful thing,” said Mrs Moran, who was widowed 23 years ago.

Legacy provides a list of its clients to the fire brigade and this month alone the Casino branch has visited the homes of about 100 widows.

The service is for people who may risk injury or simply cannot climb a ladder to check on their smoke detector.

In the case of Mrs Moran, it was discovered her smoke detector was in the wrong position.

She had hung it above her kitchen doorway where she could reach it to change the battery.

“We find this in about every second house we visit,” Mr Mollyer said.

Smoke detectors save lives, he said.

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old resident of a house in Callistemon Street, Casino, was alerted by a smoke detector to a fire which had gutted the kitchen of his home.

To access the service, which is offered free to the widows, the aged and the disabled, contact your local fire brigade.

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