By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire Department Academy has received a three-car donation from Volkswagen to practice rescue drills.
The company on Friday gave the academy three late-model Passats.
Tom Keefe is a spokesman for the automotive company. He says Volkswagen started making the donations because emergency-response teams around the country typically practice drills on vehicles that are at least a decade old.
He says modern cars like the Passats are built with stronger safety features that force rescuers to take a different approach when making an extraction during an emergency.
Keefe says these donations provide invaluable learning experiences for people who teach or serve on rescue teams.