The Romeoville Fire Department is asking the public to donate their junk vehicles so it can use them for training at its fire academy.
The department said in an announcement it’s seeking broken-down vehicles to use for hands-on training for rescuing entrapped people in car accidents. Trainees practice using the “jaws of life” and other rescue tools.
Paramedics also practice how to remove victims properly and safely from the vehicle with their cervical collars and backboards to prevent further back and neck injuries.
Fire investigators also use the vehicles to help determine the causes of vehicle fires.
Vehicles can be donated in any condition, whether or not they still run. Donors can either drop off their vehicle at the fire department or they can arrange to have it towed at no cost.
Donors will also receive a letter making their vehicle donation tax deductible, provided they have a valid title for the vehicle.
For more information on donating a vehicle, those interested are asked to call 815-372-4042.