TOLEDO — At the end of this month, Toledo Fire & Rescue will hold the statewide Holmatro Vehicle Extrication Course at the Toledo Fire Station, inviting firefighters from across the state and local spectators to witness first hand how to peel open wrecked vehicles in an emergency situation.

Toledo Fire will hold two of the weekend workshops, the first on Sept. 25 and 26 and the second on Nov. 13 and 14. Hands on training is expected to run from 1 to 4 p.m. Spectators are welcome to stop by to observe, but Toledo Fire requests everyone who stops by to take the necessary COVID precautions and social distance while spectating.

 “This is a special event put on by Holmatro to give a real rescue experience,” Shannon Breck of the Toledo Fire Department said. “Usually they do it down in Springfield and Eugene, but this year it was canceled due to the weather.”

To help make both training sessions happen, the fire department is still looking for 10 used vehicles donations from Lincoln County residents to provide attendees with real vehicles to practice on.

Free towing for the vehicles is available, and a donation slip can be provided upon request. Any donations will need to be in towable condition and easily accessible. Donated vehicles also need to be located within the county.

Those interested in donating a vehicle can contact Toledo Fire via their official Facebook page at

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