From time to time, local schools and colleges benefit from the donation of parts and components which are used as training aids. Ex-trial vehicles are also donated to support local schools and colleges as well as the emergency services.   Please note that criteria is in place.

Since 2015, a total of 104 vehicles have been donated, 77 of which were to both Derbyshire and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services. 

Toyota Manufacturing UK are proud to support the local Fire & Rescue Service who are able to use the vehicles to provide training for fire crews in road traffic collision techniques. 

Transformer Vehicle In June 2011, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service launched its pioneering 'Transformer' vehicle.  Using a Toyota Avensis, students from Derby University were able to build a vehicle which, is today, considered a valuable addition, not only to their training resources, but also key in road safety initiatives.

The “Transformer" vehicle has been used to educate other emergency services in the many options available to them when faced with casualty extrication.  Neighbouring Fire Services such as Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire have visited Derbyshire Fire Service following the creation of the 'Transformer', which has not only allowed for a better transfer of information between services, but also a far superior working relationship between the Training Centres.  This has, ultimately, contributed greatly to service delivery, not only within Derbyshire, but on a national scale. 

Engagement with and education of young drivers, as part of their Road Traffic Collision Reduction Initiative, has also been made possible.  Key has also been the education of their own firefighters to observe the techniques and methods used to extract casualties over and over again with little cost, whilst keeping entrapment times to an absolute minimum. 

The 'Transformer' has reached as far away as South Africa, with enquiries to create something similar in order to educate medics in their own country.

SES Vehicle

In June 2012, students from Derby University studying for their BEng Motor Sport and Engineering Honours, took on yet another project.  This time, to develop the S.E.S. (Safety Engineering Simulator) vehicle, designed to demonstrate the many safety systems that are integral to today's modern vehicle.  The advent of driver safety has, unfortunately, created a road traffic accident environment littered with hidden dangers for firefighters using cutting equipment and all other emergency services attending incidents.  Airbags, side impact protection systems, seat belt pre-tensioners, adaptive headrests and pyrotechnics, which are integral to all these systems, are just some of the safety features needing consideration when looking at the best possible way to extricate a casualty safely, effectively and as quickly as possible.

It is anticipated that the S.E.S. vehicle will be used, not only to train firefighters and other emergency services, but will visit schools as part of their Road Traffic Collision Reduction Initiative. 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service's vision is to 'make Derbyshire a safer place to live, work and visit'.  Toyota is proud to assist them with this aim.


Consequence Car

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, have worked with students from Burton & South Derbyshire College, to produce “The Consequence Car” which is used to educate both firefighters and young drivers on the roads in Staffordshire.
The vehicle has been designed to highlight the dangers faced by young, new and inexperienced drivers and the consequence of their actions. This will take place during visits to schools, youth clubs and static displays in the town. 

The concept was to develop a re-usable road safety resource to allow young people to understand how their driving impacts on others, their families along with other road users and the emergency services. 



cutting a deal

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) celebrated its ongoing partnership and association with Toyota, at an event to showcase the ways in which the partnership helps to ‘Make Derbyshire Safer’.

The event gave the opportunity for TMUK’s Chairman, Shigeru Teramoto and ex Deputy Managing Director, Tony Walker to experience using specialist cutting gear to cut into one of their own vehicles manufactured here in Derbyshire.

It is the valued ongoing partnership with TMUK that ensures DFRS is able to provide its firefighters with the training they require, using vehicles fitted with the latest safety design features.

The reputation that the Toyota brand has for building safe and reliable cars has also led the Service to choose Toyota vehicles as its preferred choice for its fleet of officer response vehicles. A delivery of 15 new officer vehicles, purchased from Inchcape Toyota Derby in 2016 underlines the value the Service places on its association with the trusted Toyota brand.

Group Manager Sean Wells said: “The confidence that the Service has in the Toyota brand gives the reassurance that our officers can mobilise to emergency incidents, in a vehicle that is not only one of the safest on the road, but also comes with the added assurance of reliability and value for money.”



On Saturday 16 June 2018, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS), in partnership with the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO), hosted its first ever Extrication and Trauma Challenge at the new Joint Fire and Police Training Centre in Derbyshire.

Teams from Fire and Rescue Services from across the whole of the UK competed using 15 ex-trial vehicles donated by Toyota Manufacturing UK .

The event was also used as a public road safety educational platform with  representatives from the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership in attendance.  As well as enjoying the hotly contested competition between the teams, visitors were also able to visit the various road safety stands, taking away vital learning that will help keep our roads safer.

Group Manager Rob Taylor from DFRS said "Toyota Manufacturing UK’s vehicle plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, has been supporting DFRS for several years, donating hundreds of vehicles which have allowed its operational employees to train using cars fitted with the latest technology. The partnership with Toyota Manufacturing UK is invaluable to DFRS, and now through the Extrication Event, it is also giving other FRS’s the chance to train on Toyota vehicles which were used throughout the competition".




Toyota Manufacturing UK donated unused bikes to Life Cycle Derby who take unwanted bikes from the public and refurbish them to get them back into use.

Life Cycle Derby collected 28 bikes, previously used by maintenance Members to get around our 580 acre facility.  They will be refurbished by inmates at HMP Nottingham and HMP Stocken where they will be stripped down, cleaned and refitted, giving them a new lease of life.  This will also provide nationally accredited City & Guilds qualifications, helping inmates gain employment.

Once refurbished, they are taken to the Derby workshop where they are checked and made ready for sale by Life Cycle Derby's lead mechanic and their fantastic team of volunteers.  They are sold at affordable prices with the intention of helping local people of all ages to keep physically active and maintain good mental health.

Jon Hughes, Project Manager, Life Cycle Derby, said "it's a win, win, win all the way.  It helps prisoners learn new skills; it helps the environment by reducing waste and it helps people on low incomes get bikes, get cycling and get fit.  Help us keep this brilliant project going by donating your old bike".




Level 3 apprentices from Derby College were making the most of recently donated parts and engines following the build out of Avensis in the summer.  The college works with the Institute of the Motor Industry and the Awarding Body Consortium to support students in both classroom and workshop sessions.  Level 1 through to Level 3 courses in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair are provided at their Johnson Building facility on Pride Park.

Tony Cheshire from the Motor Vehicle Department, said “working with TMUK gives our students access to up to date technology and components.  TMUK have also donated hybrid vehicles to enable us to upskill our apprentices and ensure that they are gaining valuable experience and knowledge from high quality, new technology”.



The University of Derby’s School of Technology is pleased to announce the arrival of two Toyota Auris cars, kindly donated to the University by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.

Dr Patrick Barber B.Eng (Hons) PhD
School of Technology
University of Derby

We would like to thank Toyota for their generous donation. These vehicles will be a wonderful resource for our students - allowing them to train on the latest technology using diagnostic tools, equipment and processes.


Lawrie Peck
Senior Learning Systems and Resources Advisor
Buxton and Leek College
The University of Derby

This hybrid car enables us to keep our teaching and learning up-to-date with cutting edge technology. Without these contributions from Toyota, it would be very hard to demonstrate the current technology involved in today's vehicles. We are grateful to Toyota for the way in which they invest in education and the importance that they place on it.

David Catling
Motor Vehicle Lecturer
Deeside College


The new vehicle technology which is integral to all of the donated vehicles, continues to prove vital and has enabled us to design and develop new ‘Extrication Techniques’ which are being applied at Road Traffic Collisions by our crews.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service