Helping New Zealand's fire fighters hone their life-saving techniques

IAG NZ donates written-off cars to help fire fighters practise life-saving techniques.

IAG New Zealand’s Claims Recoveries team recently donated 20 written-off vehicles to the United Fire Brigades' Association (UFBA) to help volunteer firefighters practise their lifesaving skills in 'real-life' scenarios.

These were cars that couldn’t be repaired due to the extent of damage sustained in an accident but were perfect for another purpose.

The cars were used in the UFBA Road Crash Rescue Challenge, which brought together 16 fire brigades across the nation. The annual event provided a unique learning opportunity for New Zealand’s volunteer firefighters to practise their rescue and medical response skills – such as managing major car crashes and rescuing injured passengers from vehicles – by recreating a life-like motor accident scenario.

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IAG New Zealand National Manager Claims Recoveries, Rebecca Wilson, said her team was proud to support this important event in association with Manheim New Zealand: “As insurers, we support our customers through the aftermath of devastating accidents and disasters – and time and time again we see the crucial, life-saving impact of our emergency services during those events.

“Providing these cars to help emergency services volunteers hone their skills is a great example of living our purpose to make your world a safer place.”

UFBA Events Manager, Julia Costa said: “The support from IAG to fund the transport, collection and delivery of salvage vehicles was generous and made a huge difference to our United Fire Brigades' Association as a not-for-profit organisation.

“Our volunteer firefighters are often one of the first people on the scene at motor vehicle accidents, and challenges such as our UFBA Road Crash Rescue Challenge give the Brigades' an opportunity to practise their skills in simulated scenarios.

“They take these skills and knowledge directly back to their communities and that benefits those who are unfortunate enough to need emergency services in motor vehicle accidents.”

Images supplied by Derek Quinn - 111 Emergency.

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