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Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: What Every Responder Needs to Know

Wednesday, April 17
Classroom Session
Emerging Technologies

In 2020, the NTSB released a report on EV fires involving li-ion batteries and concluded that the U.S. fire service is not yet fully prepared with the knowledge on how to address them. This class provides a comprehensive review of the vehicles using these types of alternative drive systems and their impact on emergency operations, especially as it relates to firefighting operations and extrications. Auto manufacturers have invested heavily in their hybrid and electric vehicle programs. Many of them have committed to being all electric or electric/hybrid in the next decade. Some estimates indicate that by 2025, they will make up 10% of new cars sold. Last year alone, EV sales were up 55%. Attendees will gain the knowledge required to safely work around these vehicles and to educate other members of their departments on how to handle their presence on our roadways.

Jason Emery, Battalion Chief` - Waterbury (CT) Fire Department