Every year around 2,800 people are seriously injured and 200 are killed on Western Australian (WA) roads as a result of serious road crash.
Sadly, about two thirds of WA’s road deaths take place in WA’s regional and remote areas.
Career and volunteer firefighters from the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) and State Emergency Service (SES) are trained to remove casualties from major road crash using the latest technology in hydraulic rescue equipment, often referred to as the ‘jaws of life’.
Firefighters also manage and contain hazardous materials such as poisons, flammable liquids and gases where they have been released from their containers caused by a vehicle crash.
Further information about DFES's road crash rescue equipment is available here.
Road safety education
In May 2012, DFES teamed up with the RAC, WA Police, St John Ambulance and Royal Perth Hospital to bring bstreetsmart to WA year 10, 11 and 12 students for the first time ever. More information is available here.
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Donate an old car to DFES
DFES collects old cars of any make or model for use in emergency
Emergency services are frequently called on to extricate seriously
injured casualties from their vehicles following road crashes.
This is achieved by employing space creation techniques to create
openings in the vehicle. These openings make it possible to administer
first aid to the casualty and to remove them from the vehicle.
The task of extricating a person from a vehicle crash is much more complex
than simply deploying the Jaws of Life. The extrication process is
potentially dangerous for both the casualty and the rescuers,
and is complicated by factors such as the construction of the
vehicle, and its safety systems.
Ongoing training, along with a good understanding of new car technology, is
essential for emergency services personnel and volunteers to
be able to perform road crash rescues safely.
Continual training allows different techniques to be practiced and
evaluated, and gives rescuers the opportunity to build confidence with a wide
range of techniques and equipment.
By donating your unwanted car, you are playing a vital part in helping
to reduce fatality and injury rates and save lives in the Western Australian
Donated cars require a steering wheel, seats, panels, glass windows, a
windscreen and four wheels. An engine is preferred but is not necessary.
Vehicles must also be unregistered and proof of ownership must be
To donate a car, please contact Jamie Taylor at Bombsaway Car Body
Removals by phone, (08) 9444 4545 mobile 0437 770 786, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website