From time to time, local schools and colleges benefit from the donation of parts and components which are used as training aids. Ex-trial vehicles are also donated to support local schools and colleges as well as the emergency services. Please note that criteria is in place.
In 2015, a total of 62 vehicles were donated, 37 of which were to both Derbyshire and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services.
Toyota Manufacturing UK are proud to support the local Fire & Rescue Service who are able to use the vehicles to provide training for fire crews in road traffic collision techniques.
In June 2011, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service launched its pioneering 'Transformer' vehicle. Using a Toyota Avensis, students from Derby University were able to build a vehicle which, is today, considered a valuable addition, not only to their training resources, but also key in road safety initiatives.
The “Transformer" vehicle has been used to educate other emergency services in the many options available to them when faced with casualty extrication. Neighbouring Fire Services such as Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire have visited Derbyshire Fire Service following the creation of the 'Transformer', which has not only allowed for a better transfer of information between services, but also a far superior working relationship between the Training Centres. This has, ultimately, contributed greatly to service delivery, not only within Derbyshire, but on a national scale.
Engagement with and education of young drivers, as part of their Road Traffic Collision Reduction Initiative, has also been made possible. Key has also been the education of their own firefighters to observe the techniques and methods used to extract casualties over and over again with little cost, whilst keeping entrapment times to an absolute minimum.
The 'Transformer' has reached as far away as South Africa, with enquiries to create something similar in order to educate medics in their own country.
In June 2012, students from Derby University studying for their BEng Motor Sport and Engineering Honours, took on yet another project. This time, to develop the S.E.S. (Safety Engineering Simulator) vehicle, designed to demonstrate the many safety systems that are integral to today's modern vehicle. The advent of driver safety has, unfortunately, created a road traffic accident environment littered with hidden dangers for firefighters using cutting equipment and all other emergency services attending incidents. Airbags, side impact protection systems, seat belt pre-tensioners, adaptive headrests and pyrotechnics, which are integral to all these systems, are just some of the safety features needing consideration when looking at the best possible way to extricate a casualty safely, effectively and as quickly as possible.
It is anticipated that the S.E.S. vehicle will be used, not only to train firefighters and other emergency services, but will visit schools as part of their Road Traffic Collision Reduction Initiative.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service's vision is to 'make Derbyshire a safer place to live, work and visit'. Toyota is proud to assist them with this aim.
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, have worked with students from Burton & South Derbyshire College, to produce “The Consequence Car” which is used to educate both firefighters and young drivers on the roads in Staffordshire.
The vehicle has been designed to highlight the dangers faced by young, new and inexperienced drivers and the consequence of their actions. This will take place during visits to schools, youth clubs and static displays in the town.
The concept was to develop a re-usable road safety resource to allow young people to understand how their driving impacts on others, their families along with other road users and the emergency services.