Rather than discard vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Chevrolet is donating 300 cars, trucks, and SUVs to train first responders at Guardian Centers.
Online PR News – 01-April-2013 – Lexington, SC – More than 250,000 vehicles were damaged by October’s superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. Many of these belonged to American car manufacturer, Chevrolet, according to local dealership, Herndon Chevy. Some of these were cars on dealership lots in the northeast, and some were exports waiting to be shipped off from the coast. The storm rendered these vehicles unsellable; rather than send them straight to the junkyard, however, Chevy found a practical use for them.
Approximately 300 Chevy cars, crossovers, and SUVs will be donated to Guardian Centers, an 830-acre facility located in Perry, Georgia. There, first responders can train for a range of disasters in the full-size cityscape simulator. In particular, Chevy vehicles will be implemented “in conjunction with role players for wide area searches, traffic congestion in emergency situations, counter terrorism, public order and mass casualty exercises.”
“The vehicles we received from Chevrolet are an essential component of full immersion disaster response training in a metropolitan environment,” stated Geoff Burkart, founder and CEO of Guardian Centers, in a press release. “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.”
Burkart continued, “This level of realism and effectiveness cannot be overstated. 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.”
In addition, Chevrolet donated 24 full-size passenger and cargo vans to the Habitat for Humanity. These will be utilized to help continued restoration of areas still suffering from the remaining devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
For more information on Chevrolet’s recent donations, patrons may visit Herndon Chevy in Columbia, South Carolina.
About Herndon Chevrolet:
Herndon Chevrolet is a local Chevy dealership in the Columbia, SC area. They are proud to carry a large inventory of new and previously owned Chevrolet vehicles. They also have a reliable service and financing department. Herndon Chevrolet frequently has special offers for customers as well. More information about vehicle inventory as well as current vehicle and service specials can be found online at www.HerndonChevy.com/.
Herndon Chevrolet is located at:
5617 Sunset Blvd.
Lexington, SC 29072