• 08-MAR-2013

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

First-of-its-Kind Disaster Preparedness Training Facility for First Responders Opens in the U.S.

Chevrolet to Donate More than 300 Vehicles Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Designed to simulate fires, severe flooding, explosions, car crashes, and more, the Guardian Centers is the first-of-its-kind training facility in the United States. It consists of a scaled down city with multi-story buildings, collapsing structures, flooding, subways and even an arena.

It gives first responders different ways to test their skills with plans, people and equipment when it comes to man-made or natural disasters, like tackling a building that is falling apart from a disaster, rescuing people from a flooded neighborhood, or a subway in an urban disaster.

Geoffrey Burkart, Founder and CEO of The Guardian Centers, talks about the importance of being able to train for different scenarios all in one place. In addition, James Bell talks about Chevrolet's donation of more than 300 vehicles ranging from cars, cross-overs and SUVs to help study and analyze accidents and other events for first responders, so that they can make an accurate and quick response when helping victims.

Available content includes soundbites from James Bell and Geoffrey Burkart, and B-roll.