The Oaks Corners Fire Dept. has joined more than 23,000 other volunteer fire departments across the country in the Power Those Who Protect Us battery donation program created by Duracell, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council. We’re joining forces to help build greater awareness around the challenges volunteer firefighters face on a daily basis and the need to help support them.
You may not be aware of this, but most fire departments in the U.S. are staffed by volunteer firefighters who rely on approximately 20 percent of their funding to come from local fundraising and donations. That percentage is much higher for our department. This donation program lets consumers give back to local volunteer firefighters, like those in our station, who devote countless hours of their free time to protecting our communities.
When you purchase specially marked CopperTop battery packs, Duracell will make a battery donation to volunteer fire departments, like ours, to help power communication devices and life- saving equipment. By going to www.duracell.com/protect, donations can also be earmarked to fire departments in a specific zip code. The zip code for our fire department is 14518. Each specially marked ten or twenty pack of batteries contain a unique code, which you can enter to direct your battery donation to a volunteer fire department of your choice. Our station use batteries for a variety of devices including flashlights, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, gas meters, and other life saving equipment. However, state funding is limited and doesn’t provide enough support for us to purchase basic equipment needs, like batteries – so we rely on money from local fundraising efforts and donations. Duracell created this program as a way to bring light to the challenges we face due to inadequate funding – such as difficulty being able to provide routine testing of equipment and active systems, proper training and certification of firefighters, and regular school fire safety education for our children.
We’d appreciate your support in purchasing the specially marked packs of Duracell batteries and spreading the word about our station’s participation in the Power Those Who Protect Us donation program so everyone can help make a difference and purchase batteries to help power the Oaks Corners Fire Department.
Help Make a Donation to the Oaks Corners Fire Dept. by Purchasing Specially Marked Packages of Duracell Batteries.