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Irvine-based Kia donates 26 autos to regional firefighter-training facility

The Borrego SUV models will be used to prepare emergency responders for real-life rescue situations.

By Kristen SchottPublished: June 17, 2010 10:01 AM

Irvine-based Kia Motors America has donated 26 Borrego SUV models to a Southern California emergency-responder training facility, marking the company's largest vehicle donation to date.

The Rio Hondo Regional Truck Academy, located in Santa Fe Springs, is an intensive educational center designed specifically for firefighters and other emergency personnel. The academy provides training on rescue techniques through real-life situations.

"We know many government agencies are in need of support during these difficult times and providing Rio Hondo Regional Truck Academy with Kia vehicles equipped with the latest automotive technology for the education and safety of emergency responders is the ideal fit," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing for Kia.

The cars will be used during a two-day, eight-hour training course taking place this week that focuses on auto extrication and includes hands-on experience through three different circumstances. Participants also will be able to learn about new innovations in vehicle technology.

The autos will then be used during an upcoming course and training session in October.

"The training offered by Rio Hondo is invaluable and providing vehicles as training tools further supports the academy's efforts," said Sprague.

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