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Calling All Clunkers: Naperville Fire Department Seeking Used Cars

The Naperville Fire Department is asking residents for donations of used vehicles in order to practice auto extrication skills.

The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of used and “clunker” vehicles from residents in order for firefighters to practice critical auto extrication skills with the donated vehicles.

Auto extrication allows firefighters to safely remove victims from vehicles that are involved in accidents so severe that traditional entry and exit means are unusable or inadvisable. In these instances, firefighters and other rescue personnel may be required to use braces to stabilize vehicles as well as the “Jaws of Life” or other hydraulic cutting tools to sever through sections of a vehicle to remove victims.

The more practice that rescue personnel receive in a simulated setting, the more prepared they will be when a true emergency occurs.

All vehicles must have titles and keys available. If a vehicle cannot be driven to the Naperville Fire Department, but is located within city limits, fire department staff will make arrangements to have it picked up.

Donations may possibly be written off on taxes at the end of the year. Please consult your personal accountant or a tax preparation professional for more information and eligibility.

To make a vehicle donation, contact Ruthi Sommers at 630-305-5900 or sommersr@naperville.il.us. 

For more information on the Naperville Fire Department, visit www.naperville.il.us/fire.aspx.

Submitted by the city of Naperville

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