Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Safety Training for Emergency Responders

Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Safety Training for Emergency Responders”
Author: Andrew Klock
Date of issue: May 2013


On-going programs and related initiatives by the U.S. federal government are promoting the proliferation of the next generation of electric vehicles. This is accelerating the manufacturing and deployment of electric drive vehicles. An important consideration for the implementation of this new technology is the potential hazards that may result, and how the emergency response community will address and mitigate those hazards.

The goal of this project is to provide comprehensive awareness and emergency response training to fire fighters and other emergency responders to prepare them for widespread implementation of advanced electric drive vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid electric, and certain fuel-cell electric vehicles. The objectives of the project include enhancing general awareness training, emergency response tactical training, and establishment of a centralized resource for nationwide ongoing technology transfer. This project report (in 3 parts due to large file size) provides a compilation of information that documents the efforts taken to meet these objectives.

The Research Foundation, which provided advisory services for the project, expresses gratitude to the report author Andrew Klock of NFPA and his support team. Special thanks are expressed to the U.S. Department of Energy as the project sponsor.

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