Firefighters are calling for anyone with an unwanted car to donate their vehicle to assist with essential road crash rescue training.
Every year, around 500 cars are used by Fire and Rescue Service career and volunteer fire fighters to give them practical experience in performing road crash rescue activities.
FESA Applied Training Officer Steve Rogers said an increase in training courses this year has meant demand for cars has outstripped supply.
“Every year, firefighters attend hundreds of vehicle accidents that require rescue or extraction,” Mr Rogers said. “Simulated road crash exercises are an essential part of firefighter training.”
“With a new round of firefighter graduates recently entering the workforce and more firefighter training scheduled over the next few months, there is currently a high demand for donated vehicles at the FESA Training Centre.”
Firefighters are taught techniques to gain entry to trapped vehicle occupants, such as safely and quickly removing the roof or doors, gaining access to the engine or boot and removing glass while maintaining the safety of the occupant.
“Vehicle technology and construction is constantly evolving so it’s important to have a range of different makes and models for use in training,” Mr Rogers said.
“It doesn’t matter what condition the car is in or how old it is; if it has four wheels, panels, seating, a steering wheel and windows we’ll take it off your hands at no charge.
“Windscreens and an engine are preferred but not completely necessary.”
Donated cars from the public are the main source of training vehicles for FESA. Local councils also donate abandoned cars that have been reported.
To donate your car call FESA’s vehicle contractor, Tony Young, on 0414 970 640.