Fire Service wants your old car

Fire Service wants your old car


Got an old car you’re thinking of getting rid of? Want to help firefighters save lives on the road?

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service wants people to donate their unwanted cars and help firefighters hone their road traffic collision rescue skills.

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 they are rescuing casualties from life-threatening car crashes.

Lee Walton, Blue Watch Manager at Crawley Fire Station, explains why the supply of scrap cars is so important: “In West Sussex we actually attend more road traffic collisions than we do house fires. Using our skills to quickly and safely rescue people who are trapped in their cars following a collision is a core part of a firefighter’s role and without doubt 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. It doesn’t matter what condition the car is in, we can arrange for it to be picked up free of charge.”

If you are interested in donating your unwanted car to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, in the first instance, please contact 01243 642880 (office hours) or email