Austin Residents Show Their Love For EVs… and Help Local Firefighters Along The Way

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on May 4, 2011 Photos - Austin (6) 
At our EV pilot training last week in Austin, we were lucky enough to be joined by an Austin couple, Olivia and Jesse, and their newly purchased Nissan Leaf. This participation marked the first time on our tour that an EV owner took part in the training and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

The goal of NFPA’s EV Safety Training project is to train firefighters and first responders on the ins and outs of EVs in the event that they encounter an emergency situation involving one. Firefighters are taking part in this important training not only to keep themselves safe, but also to protect the public in the event of a crash.

The event in Austin was the third stop on our pilot tour and the participation of the Leaf owners made it feel more like a community event. In addition to it being a great opportunity for the 24 firefighters to have access to the Leaf, it also provided the Leaf owners with a sense of reassurance that their local firefighters were prepared and ready to respond.

And, for their efforts, the Leaf owners got to visit the Austin Fire Academy to show off their new car and have lunch with some of the finest firefighters in Texas! Sounds like a successful event for all!

Angela Burke
EV Safety Training Team