A public call out for cars was so successful that the Tatura SES almost have too many to pick up.
Deputy operations controller Kris Parker asked the public to donate cars for training, a request the Goulburn Valley community responded quickly to.
He received messages from people in Stanhope, Shepparton, Undera, Bunbartha and Merrigum, who were more than happy to donate their old cars.
‘‘We got five in the first weekend and we’ve had to create a bit of a pick-up roster to get the ones we couldn’t get the first time,’’ Mr Parker said.
‘‘All up we’ve got about 15 to pick up in the next couple of weeks.’’
The cars are needed by Tatura SES for emergency training to keep its members fully skilled when it comes to attending major traffic accidents.
Because SES members could be required to cut people out of cars after major collisions, they must finesse these skills on donated cars.
‘‘I think there is a realisation from people that there are going to be car accidents on our roads,’’ he said.
‘‘So there is an understanding that ‘hey, we’ve got to help these guy’.’’
The cars do not last long at the unit, as the intense training usually results in the donated cars being cut open within a few months.
In six months time he could be asking the public for more cars, but he said it was vital to keep their skills tight for when people needed them.
‘‘We’ve even had a few people who have met us when they have donated cars and they have ended up joining the unit,’’ he said.
Lifesaving skills: Donated cars will be put to good use by volunteers at the Tatura SES.