Cars Wanted for Jaws of Life Training

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Scrap car for JAWs of Life1-800-GOT-SCRAP is teaming up with the Southern California Auto Extrication Academy to collect cars that will be used for vehicle rescue training using the “Jaws of Life.”  Cars are desperately needed so that firefighters can learn to expertly use the Jaws of Life equipment to safely and efficiently remove passengers who have been involved in major auto accidents.

Through this new partnership, anyone can go to Cars4FireRescue.com and sign-up to recycle their rundown vehicles and support this life-saving program. In exchange, donors will receive between $150 to $250, depending on the value of the vehicle.

Additionally, for each vehicle received, 1-800-GOT-SCRAP will donate $50 to firefighter-related charities.    

“We are excited to embark on this new partnership,” said Cristi Rossi, executive vice president of operations for 1-800-GOT-SCRAP.  “We have worked with the Southern California Auto Extrication Academy in car collection campaigns in the past and hope that by formalizing our relationship we can continue on the road to success. We hope that the public recognizes the need to donate so the rescue team can properly train.  And the fact that we recycle what remains of the vehicles is an added bonus.”

Added Randy Babbitt, “There is an extreme lack of cars so we’re delighted to team with 1-800-GOT-SCRAP.  We can’t save lives from vehicle accidents without trained firefighters and we can’t train firefighters without vehicles.”

Rossi said that they will accept cars in all conditions, whether up on blocks, taking up room in a storage facility or just sitting idly in a garage. Participants must have the proper ownership documentation at pickup time.  For more information, call 1-800-GOT SCRAP or visit Cars4FireRescue.com.

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