Old cars needed for fire fighter training

This weekend the Fairfield Regional Fire School is offering a class on Vehicle Extrication And Rescue Tools taught by lead instructor John Plofkin for fire fighters to learn and refine their life saving skills.

However, the school is still in need of old vehicles to train on according to Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy who serves as the fire school’s training director.

“We’ve always relied on the generosity of the community for training tools like cars and homes slated for demolition,” Tracy said. “But with the economic downturn people are keeping older cars running, so even our fallback sources have fewer resources for us to use at training like this weekend’s or our pre-prom mock crashes at Warde and Ludlowe high schools next month.”

One flood victim from nearby Fox Street, Kelly Benenati and her father, Joe, offered up a Subaru wagon her late mother had left her that was damaged beyond repair by last fall’s floodwaters, Tracy said. The vehicle will be used as part of next weekend’s “Back to Basics — Vehicle Extrication & Rescue Tools” program at the Fairfield Regional Fire School.

“We’re grateful to the Benenatis and hope that their donations will inspire other residents to offer homes and cars that are beyond repair for our fire fighters and officers to use to improve their life saving skills as our region’s first responders,” Tracy said.

Anyone with a vehicle they would like to donate is asked to call the Fairfield Regional Fire School at 203-254-4708 or email [email protected] If the vehicle is not running it can be picked up at its current location with a current title.

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