West Sussex fire service wants scrap cars

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GOT an old car you’re thinking of scrapping?

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is again appealing for people to donate scrap cars to help firefighters hone their road traffic collision rescue skills.

A number of 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 they need when rescuing casualties from life-threatening car crashes.

Richard Davy from the fire service said: “Attending road traffic collisions and being able to quickly and safely rescue people trapped in their cars is a core part of a firefighter’s role and undoubtedly 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 to either make space for medical stabilisation or rapid casualty removal to facilitate some of the more complicated medical procedures, so having cars to practice on is crucial.

“That’s why we are urging anyone thinking of scrapping their car to consider donating it to us. We can arrange for the car to be picked up free of charge, have all the necessary paperwork processed and the car dropped at the station to us.”

If you are interested in donating your car to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, in the first instance, please contact 01243 642880 (office hours) or email frs.media@westsussex.gov.uk