Buy batteries, empower Troy firefighters

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 16, 2011


Troy residents can help to power up local firefighters with a purchase they would likely make anyway.

Duracell, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, has launched a national battery donation program, Power Those Who Protect Us, to help equip these volunteer firefighters with supplies they need to help power their everyday tools and life-saving devices, such as flashlights, breathing apparatuses and emergency personnel locators. A total of 819 volunteer fire departments in the state of Michigan will benefit through the new campaign.

Consumers can participate in the Power Those Who Protect Us program by purchasing specially marked Duracell CopperTop battery packs at local retailers. For every specially marked Duracell CopperTop 10- and 20-pack of AA or AAA batteries purchased, Duracell will donate one or two batteries, respectively. Every department will receive a sizable battery donation, in some cases the equivalent of a year’s supply depending on department size, and consumers can help increase the donation to their local volunteer departments even further by directing their battery donation by ZIP code at or by visiting and clicking on the program tab.

“Volunteer firefighters use batteries for a wide variety of crucial devices, such as personal alert systems, personnel location equipment, communication devices, and flashlights,” said Philip Stittleburg, chairman of NVFC.

Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts explained that Troy volunteer firefighters and command officers carry a voice page/radio receiver and alphanumeric pager with them at all times, and also a cell phone in most cases.

Roberts said the department provides batteries for the voice pagers, but not the alphanumeric pagers, which can use up batteries in one month’s time.

Also, firefighters use batteries in the air packs and personal location devices they wear to fight fires.

“Those batteries have to be changed annually,” Roberts said.

“Everyone has to buy batteries,” Roberts said. “Take extra time to go online and help the local fire department.”