QUINCY, MA – 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. Funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the training is designed to help first responders identify electric vehicles and respond to common hazards.

NFPA's EV Safety Training team has been conducting train-the-trainer sessions nationwide since July 2011. Upcoming training sessions from now through August will be held in San Jose, Calif.; Lawrence, Kan.; Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and Jackson, Miss. For locations and schedules, click here.

Training topics will include: 

  • Identification of electric and hybrid vehicles. 
  • Overview of electrical systems.
  • Immobilization process. 
  • Power-down procedures. 
  • Emergency operations (battery fire, submersion). 
  • Vehicle fire recommended practices. 
  • EV extrication awareness, including high-strength steel. 
  • EV charging stations.

Visit the NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training website for additional details.