Thanks to community groups in Narromine and the local Fire and Rescue brigade, two more specialised smoke alarms for hearing impaired people have been installed.
In February, the Narromine Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) brigade identified the need for smoke alarms for people with hearing impairments, after a concerned resident contacted them.
Narromine captain Ewen Jones said the resident was concerned for her sister, who lives alone with a hearing impairment, that she would not hear a normal smoke alarm in the event of a fire.
Specialised smoke alarms are available for the deaf and hearing impaired, which cost about $600 each.
The devices have a flashing strobe light and vibrating pad that is placed under the pillow, which is interconnected to alarms around the home.
If one of the alarms senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash and the vibrating pad will vibrate.
Despite best attempts at obtaining the devices at no cost through the NSW Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme, it was suggested captain Jones contact local service clubs to help donate money toward purchasing one.
The Narromine Rotary Club, Lions Club and Men's Shed have each donated $600 to purchase three specialised smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired people in the community.
The first device was installed by FRNSW firefighters on March 14, with the last two being installed on March 20.