Donating scrap cars could help West Sussex firefighters save lives

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FIREFIGHTERS are appealing for people to donate scrap cars.

Crews in West Sussex say they are in need of old cars in order to hone their rescue skills for car crashes.

Firefighters regularly carry out practice runs on how to rescue casualties from wreckages.

Firefighter Richard Davy, from West Sussex Fire and Rescue, 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 practise on is crucial.’

To help call Mark Maynard on 07860 667785.