Fire service in need of unwanted cars for training

WEST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to donate unwanted cars to help firefighters hone their road traffic collision rescue skills.

Fire stations across the county are in need of extra cars for crews to train on and practice the latest preparation, stabilisation and cutting techniques to put into practice when they are rescuing casualties from life-threatening car crashes.

Lee Walton, blue watch manager at Crawley Fire Station, said: “In West Sussex we actually attend more road traffic collisions than we do house fires. Using our skills to quickly and safely rescue people who are trapped in their cars following a collision is a core part of a firefighter’s role and without doubt saves many lives each year.

“Getting practical hands-on training is obviously a vital part of maintaining and developing those rescue skills.

“It could be a matter of life or death when we arrive at an incident, with often only a narrow window of opportunity, so having cars to practice on is crucial. It doesn’t matter what condition the car is in, we can arrange for it to be picked up free of charge.”

If you are interested in donating your unwanted car call 01243 642880 during office hours or email frs.media@westsussex.gov.uk