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Fire service given 332 scrap cars

Scrap car being used for training
The cars are used by fire crews to practice crash rescue techniques

More than 300 scrap vehicles have been donated to the fire service in Surrey for firefighters to use in training.

Residents donated 332 scrap vehicles to the service this year in "a tremendous show of support", a spokesman said.

In one appeal, the service said at least 20 vehicles were needed just for one month of training in road crash rescue techniques.

Training manager Martin Riddle said: "The need for scrap vehicles throughout the year is constant."

He said the fire service attended almost as many road traffic collisions as it did property fires, and road safety was a core part of every firefighter's training.

"Approximately 400 people are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year," he added.

"Our response needs to be fast and effective so that these people can be removed from immediate danger and given access to vital medical attention they need."

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