Firefighters destroy commander’s car (in a good cause!)

Firefighters at Chichester Fire Station with former Station Commander Pete Sadler

Release date: 1 November 2019

Firefighters at Chichester Fire Station have taken their high pressure electric vehicle cutters to their former station commander’s car.

But do not worry it was all in a good cause and he did give his consent.

Crews at the station were gifted the vehicle from former Station Commander Pete Sadler to practice on as part of their regular road traffic collision response training.

Pete served as Station Commander at Chichester Fire Station until earlier this year before taking on a new role in the Fire & Rescue Service’s Programme Management Office.

Last week vehicle recovery firm SRC Recycling delivered Pete’s scrap Renault Clio to the crews at Chichester Fire Station to do their worst to. 

He said: “I imagine a lot of people only dream about taking these sort of heavy duty power tools to their boss’s car, but for the crews at Chichester this sort of experience is absolutely vital.

“There were 1,863 reported road traffic collisions in 2018. Sadly 20 people lost their lives, 416 people were seriously injured and a further 1,427 people suffered slight injuries.

“Making sure our crews receive regular practical training prepares them for an emergency situation where their skills could very well save someone’s life.  

“For me, it was a no-brainer when my car reached the end of its life, there was only one place it was going.

“I hope the crews who got to take its roof off took a lot from the training session!”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is always grateful to receive donations of scrap vehicles for crews to practice on.

Anyone wishing to donate their car can call 01243 752448, or email with the following details:


Contact number

Make, model and registration of the vehicle

Whether the vehicle is taxed or SORNd

Full address, including a postcode, of where the vehicle is parked

The service can then arrange for the team at SRC Recycling to collect the vehicle and deal with the paperwork.

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