Ottawa – The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Fire Services publicly thanked Sonshine Auto Parts today for their continued support over the last 20 years through the donation of used cars. Ottawa Fire Services uses the vehicles to practice auto extrication techniques.
“This has been a great partnership,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Sonshine Auto Parts is a very community-minded business. Their support of Ottawa Fire Services over the last 20 years has helped keep our residents safe. Their vehicle donations have provided a training opportunity for firefighters to hone their skills and try new equipment.”
Ottawa Fire Services responds to hundreds of emergencies each year that involve extricating drivers and passengers from vehicles after a collision. Often there are serious injuries and before a victim can be removed. Firefighters must use specialized tools and techniques to remove parts of the vehicle from around the accident victim.
“Auto extrications have become very specialized,” explained Fire Chief John deHooge. “Cars have evolved over the years and continue to change. With air bags, alternate fuel systems, new lightweight bodies and computerized components, it has become even more important that firefighters stay on top of changes in vehicle design and improved extrication techniques. These vehicles provide us with the tools to do that.”
“Social responsibility and environmental stewardship have always been important at Sonshine Auto Parts and our environmental stewardship has always been at the forefront of our minds," said Denis Desjardins, President of Sonshine Auto Parts. "We are honoured to be able to support the Ottawa Fire Services in their training and we will continue to do so. This is one way we can make a difference in the community."
Residents can also donate their used vehicles to Ottawa Fire Services. Any donors would be required to bring a signed transfer of ownership and photo ID. More information is available by calling 613-580-2424, ext. 29492 or visiting ottawa.ca