So you’re gearing up to be a first responder and are in need of training. But where do you go to get the proper hands-on instruction? Perhaps even more importantly, where do you obtain the vehicles on which to practice? Enter General Motors, and Guardian Centers.
The General is donating up to 300 new Chevrolet cars, crossovers, and SUVs that were flooded at ports and on dealer lots when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast in November, thereby rendering the vehicles unusable. Since GM can’t sell them, it has decided to use the cars to help train those who respond to these kinds of disasters.
The otherwise unusable vehicles are expected to provide a realistic environment in simulating real-world incidents and natural disasters for first responders to take accurate and quick actions. And it just so happens that General Motors is the exclusive automotive partner of the Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia — which designed a purpose-built training solution for all phases of disaster preparedness training, including a fully operational and modern cityscape simulator for first responders to test their plans, skill sets, equipment, and leadership. For those who are even mildly interested in this kind of stuff, Guardian has the ability to provide realistic immersions from small unit exercises up to 7,000 participants in multi-jurisdictional agencies, and offers training on multiple disciplines such as Technical Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives.
Guardian will use the vehicles donated by Chevrolet in conjunction with role play exercises for wide area searches, traffic congestion in emergency situations, counter terrorism, public order, and mass casualty exercises. But forget all that, we know you’re here to see some vehicles getting tossed, flipped, set on fire, and maybe even blown up. But before you do that, we should mention that Chevrolet also donated 24 full-size Express passenger and cargo vans to Habitat for Humanity for its restoration efforts in the hardest-hit areas of the Sandy super storm. Now, enjoy this video of a Chevy Cruze being tossed off the roof, and the photos that follow: