Naperville Fire Department Seeks Donations of “Clunker” Vehicles

Vehicles to Be Used for Practicing Auto Extrication Techniques

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Naperville Fire Department is currently seeking donations of used and “clunker” vehicles from residents and local businesses. Firefighters will be able to practice critical auto extrication skills with the donated vehicles as well as use them for tool demonstrations, training and more. The department is seeking as many vehicles as possible for use in the coming months into next year.  

To make a donation of a vehicle, please contact Ruthi Sommers at (630) 305-5900 or All vehicles must have titles and keys available. If a vehicle cannot be driven to the Naperville Fire Department, but is located within City limits, Fire Department staff will make arrangements to have it picked up. Donations may possibly qualify as a tax exemption at the end of the year. Please consult your personal accountant or a tax preparation professional for more information and eligibility.

Auto extrication is the practice of safely removing victims from vehicles that are involved in accidents so severe that traditional entry and exit means are unusable or inadvisable. In these instances, firefighters and other rescue personnel may be required to use braces to stabilize vehicles and then the “Jaws of Life” or other hydraulic or pneumatic cutting tools to sever through sections of a vehicle to remove victims. The more practice that rescue personnel receive in a simulated setting, the more prepared they will be when a true emergency occurs.

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About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at