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Hampshire and IOW Fire & Rescue Services present Silverlake with Certificate of Appreciation

Hampshire and IOW Fire & Rescue Services [HIOWFRS] presented Steve Diaper, Operations Manager at Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake], with a Certificate of Appreciation on Tuesday evening, 10 October 2023, for continued support to the organisation.  The presentation took place following the earlier completion of the second HIOWFRS training exercise this year at Silverlake’s site near Southampton.  


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HIOWFRS present Steve Diaper, Operations Manager at Silverlake Automotive Recycling, with Certificate of Appreciation

Firefighters took part in a multi-vehicle road-traffic-collision training exercise which saw six on-call teams challenged with rescuing three casualties trapped inside the wreckage. Of the four vehicles provided by Silverlake, one was chosen to be electric, testing the team’s knowledge of the latest procedures with dealing with these modern cars. The firefighters were also assessed on their medical skills as they treated the extricated casualties. 

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RTC simulation at Silverlake Automotive Recycling

Watch Manager Rob Barrow said:

“Without Silverlake’s support, we wouldn’t be able to test the skills of our firefighters in realistic, challenging scenarios and on the actual vehicles that our teams find out on the roads at real incidents. Our partnership with Silverlake means we have the opportunity to train outside of our weekly drill nights at a fantastic venue using a range of salvage vehicles in road traffic collision simulations. 

This was a fantastic opportunity to not just test our on-call team’s road traffic collision techniques but also their medical care skills.

How firefighters deal with electric vehicle incidents is a fast-moving subject. As the technology advances, so must our knowledge and procedures.”

Steve Diaper, Operations Manager at Silverlake, said: 

“To be able to help Hampshire and IOW Fire & Rescue Services [HIOWFRS] by providing the vehicles and local facilities for simulated training exercises at our site is an honour.  

It is great to have facilitated this second, larger and even more involved training exercise at our site this year. We will continue to offer this support and explore how we might assist further.  

Silverlake has been based in this area for 77 years, and we are committed to giving back to the community that has supported our business over the years.  As a regional community, we all rely on and owe a debt of gratitude to HIOWFRS, who work hard to keep us safe; rising to challenges in sometimes dangerous circumstances.”  


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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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