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The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Bar­clay White

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.

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