Smoke Alarm Install Guidelines for Volunteers
Casa Grande Fire Department Smoke Alarm Installation Program
January 23, 2016
Installation Group Volunteers
- Must be 18 yrs old, or accompanied by an adult
- Application filled out
- Group Leader
- Size of group, no less than 4, no larger than 6
- Data entry
- Group spokes person
- Spanish speaking volunteer
- Equipment carrier
- Equipment retrieval
- Door hangers
- Zone command (golf carts)/ personal vehicles
- Clean up
- On Site Command
All volunteers must be 18 years of age. If the volunteer is a minor they must be accompanied by an adult. There must be an adult for every 2 (minor) volunteers.
Sign up process: All volunteers must fill out application and turn in to Barbara Rice. This will help us keep track of all individuals for future events as well as for liability purposes.
Installation groups: Must have at least 4 adults per group. The bags have been set up with tools for 2 people to install the smoke alarms. We don’t want groups larger than 6. A larger group may appear to be a mob to the residents. We want to make the residents feel comfortable letting you in their home.
Group Leader: Each group must have a leader. This will be the person who calls back to the training site. They must carry a cell phone and give the number to registration. The leader will make sure that everyone in their group stays together.
Data Entry: One person must document the address and number of smoke alarms/batteries installed and the number of adults and children in the home. This data is very important to obtaining grants, donations and to validate the importance of this project.
Group spokes person: This can be the group leader. It is very important to have someone that can speak with the residents about the smoke alarms. They need to explain how to test (monthly) and when to replace the batteries (yearly). Keeping the smoke alarms clean will help keep them efficient. In addition the educational material and smoke alarm instruction booklet must be given to an adult in the home.
Spanish speakers are very important. Many of the homes have residents that speak only Spanish. Volunteers must indicate if they will be willing to be separated from their group if his/her assistance is required in another group. Bilingual material will be made available.
Equipment carrier: Someone will have to carry equipment (step ladders, educational material, etc)
Equipment Retrieval: Each group will be responsible for returning all equipment and extra materials to the meeting site. Volunteers will be on hand to properly store the equipment in the proper bins.
Inventory: Volunteers will be on hand to inventory all equipment as it is brought back and put in the proper bins and returned to the storage unit. There will be a storage bin for smoke alarms, batteries, hand tools, battery operated screw drivers, duffel bags, canvas bags,
Door hangers: Groups/individuals will take door hangers and distribute them door to door in the neighborhood. The zones will be divided equally by the number of groups and zones. This group will distribute the door hangers a week prior to installation.
Zone command (golf carts): One individual will be assigned to deliver equipment to 3 zones. The team leaders from the 3 zones will receive a cell phone number from a zone commander. The zone commander will then contact the site with the equipment. The equipment volunteers will then prepare the equipment for pickup by the zone commander and distribute as needed.
Explorers: The explorers will carry additional ladders, smoke alarms, equipment and water for the volunteers.
Food: Volunteers will be responsible for obtaining, and setting up the food for continental breakfast, lunch and beverages. (Water, Gatorade, soda and ice). They will also be responsible for setting up the tables, chairs and cafeteria style lunch.
Clean up group: put all tables and chairs away. Pick up trash.
On Site Command: Have at least 2 people to receive calls and have volunteers organize equipment to be shipped out.