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13th July, 2009

Holden donated 55 cars to the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) for their annual Road Rescue Challenge which was held from Thursday until Sunday (9th - 12th July, 2009).

The Holden vehicles, previously used for engineering evaluation and not for public sale, include VE Commodore sedans, Sportwagons and WM Statesman and Caprice models and were utilised by ARRO to simulate road crashes and provide hypothetical crash scenarios.

The annual Australasian Road Rescue Challenge focuses on emergency skills training for rescue workers and this year was hosted by the NSW Fire Brigades at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park.

Fourteen teams of road rescue workers from Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong performed three rounds of rescue exercises to improve their emergency skills including rescue and medical treatment of injured motor vehicle occupants.

Holden Director – Integration and Safety, Ian Butler, said Holden had been involved with ARRO for many years and was proud of the continued support of such an important organisation which helped so many people, here and overseas.

“Vehicle and road safety is a key priority for Holden so supporting this cause is a way we can demonstrate that commitment to the wider community in a tangible and practical way,” Mr Butler said.

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“We very much admire the work ARRO undertakes and are pleased we can help their campaign to reduce the road toll.”

Paul Jerome, Executive Officer of ARRO, said Holden’s involvement was a vital component to the training event.

“Holden’s support of this programme gives all our road rescue teams the rare opportunity to undertake practical training using new vehicles,” said Mr Jerome.

“Such training gives them outstanding skills and techniques putting them at the forefront of rescue operations.”

“The end result means the teams are better equipped to protect the lives of people involved in motor vehicle crashes.”

ARRO is the peak body in Australasia for the development and exchange of information, knowledge and skills in road rescue. Its membership includes individuals and organisations in the emergency services such as fire services, state emergency services and ambulance services.


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