Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Local scrap car company support firefighter training

Firefighters in Grays and Orsett have been able to practice their road traffic collision (RTC) skills thanks to access to training-ready scrap cars.

B&P Scrap Co Ltd have provided the stations with scrap cars for the past four years. They deliver them already drained of pollutants, which means our crews can practice their RTC rescue techniques in a safe and controlled environment.

ECFRS’s Station Officer Evan Jelliss said:

“These cars are a valuable asset to us for our training. Suitable scrap vehicles are hard to come by as they have to be drained of pollutants, so to have these vehicles delivered to us ready to use is fantastic.

“It is vital our firefighters are trained regularly to deal with potentially life-saving rescues. We work extremely hard to prevent RTC's through a number of initiatives including the Safer Essex Road Partnership, FireCar and FireBike, but when they do happen we have to be prepared to deal with them the best we can.

“Through this partnership we have access to as many scrap cars as we need, which means we can build RTC exercises into our training schedule and use on a regular basis.”

Tina Varley from B&P Scrap said:

“It is a privilege to be working with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service by providing them with scrap vehicles for their RTC training. We understand how important their training is, and so we are pleased to help them make their training as realistic as possible and to be able to give something back to the community and potential save lives.”

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