The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is providing firefighters and first responders with the information and materials necessary to respond to emergency situations involving electric vehicles. This training will help first responders identify electric vehicles and respond to common hazards. The project is being funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Electric Vehicle Safety Training team started a nationwide training tour last summer, delivering EV classroom trainings to thousands of first responders. Now, NFPA is going to be bringing the same EV training program to your computer, your department and your community. This soon-to-released training will include all the same topics covered in the classroom course:
Identification of electric & hybrid vehicles
Overview of vehicle electrical and safety systems
Emergency operations (battery fire, submersion)
Vehicle fire recommended practices
EV extrication awareness, including high-strength steel
EV charging stations
The online, self-paced program is designed to provide first responders with the tools and information they need to safely handle emergency situations involving EVs, PHEVs, and charging stations. Details coming soon.