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Toyota Donates Trucks to Help Firefighters

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Toyota donates Tundra trucks to fire departments

The 2015 Toyota Tundra

Toyota is one determined automaker when it comes to giving back to the community. As part of the recent groundbreaking ceremony at Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area, the automaker donated three Toyota Tundra trucks to the fire chiefs of the three departments that will serve the expanded research and development facility and new Supplier Center.

The three fire departments—Ann Arbor Township, Saline, and Milan—will be the ones who will respond to any emergencies that arise at the new facilities, set to be completed in late 2016. The truck donation is a way for Toyota to thank the departments in advance for their hard work. “We want to use this opportunity to give back to the community. Especially to the first responders who’ve been so instrumental in supporting our operations here,” professed Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz. “Regular inspections and the occasional emergency calls…well, we keep the fire department on their toes.”

Toyota Technical Center Expansion

The design for the new Supplier Center

The Tundra trucks will likely be used to get to off-road emergencies, such as brush fires, that a regular fire truck wouldn’t be able to reach. Saline fire chief Craig Hoeft explained that the department had budgeted for a pickup truck next year, but now they will be able to put that money elsewhere. Toyota has also donated money to local schools, as well as the city of Saline and various area fundraisers in its more than 35 years in the area.

News Source: MLive