Looking through the FFN Discussion Posts, I noted that nothing had been written to date regarding electric-drive vehicles and how we should prepare and respond to these types of incidents. The NFPA has done an outstanding job at both preparing good solid training information as well as making it available in a number of formats. Links are provided below for you to download both written and audio files. Please add your experience and other training resources to this link to make this discussion a good source for fire department training and personal development. 


"Failure to prepare is preparing for failure... Be prepared!"

NFPA develops a program to train emergency personnel on avoiding shock and other hazards from advanced electric-drive vehicles

In one incident, emergency responders rushed to a collision involving a hybrid vehicle, which used a 500-volt battery pack to supplement an internal combustion engine. After tending to the passengers, who had only minor injuries, firefighters assessed the vehicle and assumed the ignition was off since the motor wasn’t running. They were wrong.

As the team worked near the car’s electrical components, a firefighter who happened to be familiar with hybrids realized the electrical system was still live. The crew took immediate steps to power down the vehicle. "While there was no injury, crews worked directly in front of the car and had raised the hood with the potential of injury," states the report on the system’s website, www.firefighternearmiss.com. "The situational awareness was such that the proper shutdown procedures were not readily recognized. We learned that we were not as trained as we thought we were. And this was a competent crew with many years of experience." Read the Full Story

The U.S. Fire Administration offers these tips when dealing with crashes involving hybrid vehicles:

  • Always assume the vehicle is powered-up despite no engine noises.
  • Put vehicle in park, turn ignition off, and remove key to disable the high-voltage system.
  • Consider the electrical system unsafe for a full five minutes after ignition shutdown.
  • Never touch, cut, or open any orange cable or components protected by orange shields.
  • Remain a safe distance from vehicle if it is on fire.

Electric Vehicle Safety

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CBz what would we do without you and some of the other older.... er ELDERS,.....yeah that's it elder statesmen, watching our backs THANKS
I know this is obviously not a popular subject yet, but at least it's a good start to have as a reference source. Now the elder part... I'll leave that to Oldman... <]:D

good stuff
great info capt. thanks brother

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