Responding to Hybrid Vehicle Incidents Discussed at FDIC 2011

Firefighters are confronting more incidents involving hybrid and electric vehicles these days, and first responders have obvious interest in learning as much information about these vehicles as possible. In his four-hour FDIC 2011 class on Monday, March 21, Jason Emery, a lieutenant with the Waterbury (CT) Fire Department and writes of a series of articles on hybrids for Fire Engineering, detailed concerns when responding to emergency incidents and extrications involving hybrid vehicles.

“Firefighters must be prepared to handle the next generation of vehicles on the road,” Emery said.

Emery provided an extensive presentation on electrical system hazards and went over basic electrical concepts. He discussed the different types of hybrids: full hybrids; mild hybrids, a Honda technology; and start-stop hybrids. He also discussed plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. The presentation focused primarily on cars responders would see on the road today.

“This workshop is intended to clear up the myths surrounding hybrid and electric vehicles, which is crucial as they hit our roadways in greater numbers,” said Emery.

Emery is a 20-year veteran of the fire service, serving the past 16 years with the Waterbury (CT) Fire Department, assigned to the rescue/hazmat company. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of New Haven. He founded Emergency Training Solutions, LLC, and is the lead PowerPoint designer for Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I & II (Fire Engineering, 2009).

No posts to display