Under a joint FESA/Public Transport Authority initiative twenty eight cars abandoned at Perth train stations will get a new lease on life helping firefighters and emergency service volunteers improve their road crash rescue skills.
FESA Applied Training Officer Noel Buckland said the cars would be used for a range of realistic training scenarios including cutting trapped people out of crashed cars using the Jaws of Life.
“Training is essential to keep firefighters and volunteers highly skilled and ready to respond to emergencies where people’s lives could be at risk,” Mr Buckland said.
“Firefighters and volunteers train regularly for emergency rescues so there is a continual need to replenish stocks.”
Public Transport Authority (PTA) Investigations Manager Zoran Trivanovic said the authority was happy to support Western Australia’s emergency services.
“The cars were left abandoned at our stations over the past two years and were in such a bad state that they were of no use to PTA,” Mr Trivanovic said.
“It is great to see they won’t be wasted and they can be put to good use to help save lives.”
Mr Trivanovic said proper measures were taken to ensure the vehicles were not stolen and all efforts were made to contact their owners before they were donated.