• Feb 28, 2013
Super Storm Sandy took out a lot of automobiles in its path of destruction through the Northeast last October. The number surpassed 250,000 at last count, and a few of those were owned by Chevrolet – cars either sitting on dealership lots or waiting at port to be shipped off. Rendered unsellable by the water damage inflicted by Sandy, these vehicles were facing the crusher. But Chevy didn't send them there.

Instead, Chevy had a better idea: It will be donating 300 of these vehicles damaged by Sandy to help train first responders at Guardian Centers in Perry, GA. Chevy is the official automotive partner of Guardian Centers, which is an 830-acre facility that trains first responders in disaster preparedness. Junked cars are practically a consumable commodity there, where a full-size cityscape simulator gives trainees an entire urban center in which to train for all sorts of rescue operations and disaster scenarios.

Chevy says its particular vehicles will be used "in conjunction with role players for wide area searches, traffic congestion in emergency situations, counter terrorism, public order and mass casualty exercises." While grim scenarios all, we're certainly glad there are people out there preparing for the unexpected. While a zombie apocalypse isn't officially on the list of potential disasters to prepare for, when the virus hits, we'll be hot-footing it to Perry, GA to hang with these guys and gals.
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Chevrolet Donates 300 Vehicles to Train First Responders
Water-damaged vehicles will assist in simulating disasters at Guardian Centers

DETROIT – Chevrolet is donating up to 300 cars, crossovers and SUVs rendered unsalable during Hurricane Sandy to help train first responders at Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga.

The water-damaged vehicles are expected to help provide a realistic environment to simulate real-world incidents and natural disasters for first responders to make accurate and quick responses to victims.

"When Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast in November we had a number of new vehicles at ports and on dealer lots that were flooded," said Chris Perry, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. "We could not sell them, so instead of crushing them, Chevrolet is using these vehicles to help train those who respond to just such disasters."

As the exclusive automotive partner of Guardian Centers, Chevrolet is helping to create a transportation system that provides realistic scenarios in a metropolitan environment for first responders at all levels of government, the military and civilian organizations.

Designed as a purpose-built training solution for all phases of disaster preparedness, Guardian Centers offers a fully operational, modern cityscape simulator for first responders to test their plans, skill sets, equipment and leadership. With the ability to provide realistic immersions from small unit exercises up to 7,000 participants in multi-jurisdictional agencies, Guardian Centers brings the disciplines of Technical Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives together with leadership training and academics in one location.

"The vehicles we received from Chevrolet are an essential component of full immersion disaster response training in a metropolitan environment," said Geoff Burkart, founder and CEO of Guardian Centers. "Chevrolet has given the millions of first responders throughout North America the ability to exercise in metropolitan scenarios that will look and feel just like their home cities.

"This level of realism and effectiveness cannot be overstated," Burkart said. "You can't expect first response professionals to conduct realistic training in a sterile environment. Every metropolitan area in the world must deal with vehicle traffic and first responders should be provided a training environment that helps condition them for what they will face on the job."

The vehicles will be used in conjunction with role players for wide area searches, traffic congestion in emergency situations, counter terrorism, public order and mass casualty exercises.

Also in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Chevrolet donated 24 full-size Express passenger and cargo vans to Habitat for Humanity for use in its restoration efforts in the hardest-hit areas of the super storm.

About the Guardian Center

The Guardian Centers are a unique private-sector solution to an emerging and rapidly growing national problem-the lack of appropriate facilities to conduct meaningful, realistic, effective and large scale emergency response exercises. As a private sector entity, Guardian Centers has the capability to meet any and all client needs and more. It will offer the most realistic training ground to prepare the nation's first responders for man-made and natural disasters. For more information, visit http://www.guardiancenters.com.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a great idea. With all of the high strength steels and use of aluminum and plastics now, the methods used to cut a person out of a damaged car safely have changed. Also, budget cuts make getting cars for First Responders to train on a lower priority, thus making practical training a much rarer thing for them to experience. If it were my life or someone close to me trapped in a car, I would not want my First Responders lacking a clear strategy and experience to get the job done correctly.
      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      While most of the comments here seem to be served up with an extra helping of snark, the fact is that this is a significant contribution to a profession that can really put them to good use. All too often, first responders train on vehicles dating back to the 90s. And while seeing a vintage A-post get sliced like a toothpick can be a confidence booster, it in no way reflects the sort of maierials and construction incorporated into modern vehicles. Several years back, Mazda lost 4700 vehicles in in the Cougar Ace cargo ship mishap. In that case, virtually all the cars were recovered completely intact from the ship and then summarily shredded into indecipherable bits. And while Mazda was under no obligation to provide those vehicles for the greater good, it was a golden opportunity lost amongst all the legal wrangling and liability hand-wringing. As far as GM goes in this case, I'd give them a thumbs-up.
      bo_blutz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford donates old emissions testing and development cars to a west Detroit suburbs for this purpose. It's fun to watch them rip apart a new Flex - and see how difficult it is.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing the Camaros makes me a little sad.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how some posters here are making jokes at the expense of Chevrolet, because they're donating vehicles they cannot legally sell and getting a tax write-off on it. First, if it was your business, you would do the same thing. Second, the party which is taking these vehicles is benefitting. It's a win-win. I've been a part of GREEN company's, where they shout it to the sky, to customers, to their employees, to anybody that would listen. The real reason they do it is for tax benefits. But it's still beneficial. And that's what matters.
      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...........I knew those cars were good for something........
      pineapple
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Chevy, Thank you for finding a way to have a tax write off for a vehicle you would have otherwise had to pay for. Why don't you try giving vehicles to the people who lost theirs during the storm? Perhaps they didn't want them due to their low quality design and interiors? Sincerely, Society.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pineapple
        You and Laser would make a nice team.
        arvig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pineapple
        @pineapple: WELL..if you actually READ the article, their only other option would have been sending them to a car crusher. They can't sell, or even give them away if they are water damaged.
        jlauth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pineapple
        Just another liberal who thinks that everyone needs handouts! GM has to keep their payroll going so they can sustain 100,000+ jobs...they aren\'t going to be able to hand free cars out to the uninsured or underinsured Sandy Victums.
        ydooby
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pineapple
        Thanks for telling it like it is.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pineapple
        pineapple... heres an idea... go find your name sake, and sit on one
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Donating scrap, useless cars, how lovely.
        Can Of Minus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        Seriously? Turning otherwise "useless" cars into training devices used to save lives it's pretty "lovely" in my book. Maybe when you or a loved one need to get cut of your car one day as quickly as possible you'll be a little more supportive.
        Mason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        They're not useless though...read the article.
        arvig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        Giving scrap, useless cars a purpose since they can't legally sell them or even give them away. Yes it is lovely.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      How benevolent of them.
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        The only reason I don\'t have as many thumbs down as Narom is that the morons doing the GM fanboy act are too dumb to know what \"benevolent\" means. Haha
      Healthy Chap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet tax write off
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smart move ( no one is buying them) and is for a good used too,God bless the First Responder people and there families too.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
        I would hope no one is buying flooded cars...
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
        You are finally right for a change - no one is buying flood damaged cars except for low lifes who are trying to get the titles 'washed' and selling them to unsuspecting consumers. BTW, the Cruze in the picture - has been top selling in its segment continuously since introduction - always top five, usually top three and several times number one in segment. Perhaps you need to troll somewhere else where knowledgeable people won't out your ludicrous and lame comments?
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great move!! Also seems like movie sets could benefit from Sandy cars. Rather than destroying perfectly good cars, or making replicas of others...just buy flood damaged vehicles to destroy. But maybe they're doing this already...
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