January 25, 2011
— The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) has announced that it is working with Nissan to provide first responders with safety information on their new Nissan LEAF. The announcement comes as Nissan made its first customer deliveries of the Nissan LEAF in its initial five launch markets of the all-electric vehicle. NFPA has been helping Nissan revise and disseminate the 2011 LEAF First Responder’s Guide
The collaboration with Nissan is part of NFPA’s electric vehicle safety training initiative, which is part of a $4.4 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The training program will provide firefighters and first responders with information on how to safely handle emergency situations involving the new technologies found in electric vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF.
“We are excited to work with Nissan on this important safety training program,” said Andrew Klock, NFPA’s senior project manager for this initiative. "Nissan’s in-depth knowledge of their LEAF and our history as a leader in fire safety will be invaluable as we develop the electric vehicle safety training.”
“This collaboration is an important step toward helping first responders understand electric vehicles in the event of a crash or other emergency,” said Robert Yakushi, director product safety, environmental. “Working with NFPA and emergency responder organizations will allow first responders to interact with the Nissan LEAF and enhance the training experience.”
NFPA is currently developing the training materials and course curriculum for the full electric vehicle safety training program. Trainings will become available in April 2011. For more information and resources about NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training, visit www.evsafetytraining.org.
About NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project
NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. The NFPA project, funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, provides first responders with information they need to most effectively deal with potential emergency situations involving electric vehicles.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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