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Nearby Fire Department Needs Practice

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A Turner Wrecker Truck ready to load a donation to the Catoosa Fire Department.

By John Durkee

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Catoosa, Oklahoma – It may sound a little silly but the Catoosa Fire Department would like to cut-up your car for practice. Catoosa Fire Chief Dennis Benton says his department is seeking donations of junk cars. The Catoosa Fire Department is a combination department, with eight paid fire fighters and 16 volunteers. Chief Benton they need training.

Catoosa is in Rogers County east of Tulsa. It is the junction where Route 66, Highway 412, Interstate 44 and the Cherokee Casino and Resort all merge. Chief Benton says they respond to lots of wrecks but today's newer, better made, models means less time for fire fighters to use the jaws of life and he says there is concern about using the jaws on the new hybrid cars.

Turner Wrecker Service in Catoosa is volunteering to pick-up any donated junk cars for free. Willie Turner owns the service. He says a tax write-off is available for the donation.

They have been seeking donations for two weeks and Turner says response is slow.

For More Information:
Catoosa Fire Department 918-438-2552
Turner Wrecker 918-266-3844