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About the Project

Are you prepared to respond?

NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other emergency responders prepare for the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road in the United States. The NFPA project, funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, provides emergency responders with information they need to most effectively deal with potential emergency situations involving these types of vehicles.

The project is being developed in support of the Department of Energy’s overarching goal of increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road. Knowing that firefighters and emergency responders are equipped with the information they need about electric vehicles will be crucial to the public’s acceptance of these vehicles. 

Andrew KlockAndrew Klock, NFPA senior project manager, talks about the Electric Vehicle Safety Training project.
What is Electric Vehicle Safety training all about?
Why is NFPA launching the program?
How will the program's safety information be distributed?

Casey GrantCasey Grant, research director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, talks about key issues concerning first responders and electric vehicles.
What are the differences between electric vehicles?
What are the key safety issues for first responders?
Why is the Research Foundation studying safety issues for electric vehicles?

Goals

The goal of NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is to ensure that firefighters and emergency responders are prepared for emergencies involving electric vehicles. The training seeks to:

  • create awareness of unique emergency response needs for electric vehicles
  • drive awareness of availability of available training
  • remove concern about inherent safety of electric vehicles and ability to safely respond in emergency situations
  • reassure public that trained emergency responders know what to do in emergency situations involving electric vehicles

Who should participate in the Electric Vehicle Safety Training?

Members of the fire service, law enforcement, EMS personnel, and other emergency responders should participate in the training.

Why is this training being offered?

Firefighters and other emergency responders put their lives on the line every day. It is critical that they have all of the specific information they need about electric vehicles when preparing to deal with hazardous situations. They deserve to know what is coming down the road.

Who is developing the training?

The training we developed was based on extensive research and findings from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA, subject matter experts, auto manufacturers, and and others.

What topics will be covered in the training?

  • overview of the EV electrical & safety systems
  • identification of electric & hybrid vehicle
  • immobilization process
  • electrical power-down procedures
  • EV extrication awareness, including high strength steel
  • vehicle fire recommended practices
  • emergency operations (battery fires, submersion)
  • new challenges presented by vehicle charging stations and infrastructure

How do I get trained?

Our Electric Vehicle Safety Training team started a nationwide training tour in July 2011, delivering EV classroom training to thousands of emergency responders. The same training is now available online.