Has anyone practiced with or has a training program for Hybrid cars and trucks. We are trying to get info to do a training class but finding that just about every hybrid out there seems to be different.
Call the local dealership and ask for the shop foreman. Tell him who you are and where yoru from. All the manufacturers have a hybrid emergency responder class they offer through the local dealers and they brought out brand new cars to the station for us to view the hazards and how to handle the utility systems.
Just like FETC said, We got a hold of all our local dealers and they all came together to throw use a weekend long class, we had firefighters from all over the state of Michigan. It was an awesome class.
I used to drive one of the things when I had my business. I agree on the silence thing, those things can sneak right up on you, I was seriously considering putting a bicycle bell on it or some goofy engine-sound thing like kids put on their bikes (or at least used to when I was a kid).
I went to one of Ron Moore's seminars in Rochester, MN. He is very knowledgable about these cars. I myself and others from my department that attended learned a great deal from him. I highly suggest to try to make it to one of his seminars, you will not be let down. Also they gave out the presentation on a CD so that we can bring it to our station and use the information for training anytime we would like. I feel that Ron is the leading man on this issue.
Hey Doug! I've been looking for Hybrid powerpoints and no luck so far. I am scheduled to do a class next month at our fire dept. and could use some help. If you have anything I can use e-mail it to me- email@example.com Thanks Brother
I too would be interested in any information you are willing to share. living in Western Kansas many people think that a car is a car and nothing is different. Well we finally got them convinced to wear full ppe and that gas shocks are dangerous. Now I have to start over and try to convince them that Hybrids have their own unique hazards as well. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org