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In an effort to reduce pollution, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city is acquiring 70 electric vehicles to be used by a number of city departments, including 50 Chevrolet Volts. The Volts scheduled to become police patrol cars are likely to receive the most attention, as the Volt will be the first all-electric car used by the New York City police department. “This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” Bloomberg said.

This new addition puts New York City’s electric-vehicle total at 430. The NYPD already boasts an impressive fleet of clean-fuel vehicles, including the Toyota Prius, Nissan Altima Hybrids, and Ford Fusion Hybrids. New York City also expects to add six Nissan Leafs to the fleet to be used as cabs by the end of this year.

New York’s new electric patrol cars mark the first foray into all-electric vehicles as official first responder cars. If the fire service follows suit—all-electric fire engines, anyone?—it will become even more important for all first responders to be trained in electric vehicle safety.


Thousands of people live in areas prone to wildfire and new communities are frequently being developed in there.  Watch the Firewise® Communities Program new video that explains the process for developing a community in a wildfire-prone area using Firewise principles.  Safer From the Start: Developing a Firewise Community, focuses on cost-effective measures and proven Firewise principles, which developers and planners can adopt when building communities.  Homeowners are also likely to be interested the information and techniques presented. The complimentary DVD (18 minutes) was produced in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters. To order a free copy visit NFPA's Online Catalog. It is also available to view or share on YouTube.  Please let us know your thoughts about the video.

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EV Safety Summit 
Registration is now open for the “2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit” on Tuesday and Wednesday 27-28 September 2011 in Detroit, MI.  The two day meeting will be held at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center Hotel, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI. Similar to last year’s successful Summit, this year’s event is again co-hosted by NFPA and SAE International.  We’re also pleased to welcome our key note speaker, Robert C. Lange, Principal and Group Vice President of Exponent, Inc.

This year’s Summit will address the following topics:

  • What’s new with vehicles and batteries
  • Trends in the EV marketplace
  • A successful EV fleet case study
  • EV charging infrastructure and the NEC
  • A case study of an actual EV related emergency event
  • Concerns for indirect EV issues such as bulk battery storage and transportation 

A summary report of last year's Summit is available on the Foundation’s website. 

If you’re a safety representative for vehicle and equipment manufacturers, a fire protection specialist, a member of an electrical safety organization and/or an emergency responder, or part of a governmental entity at the federal, state and local level involved in enhancing consumer safety and interagency communications, you don’t want to miss this important summit. 

Please join us.  We hope to see you there!

Register here. Save $100 by registering before September 16th, 2011!  Also, find additional information including lodging, available through SAE.

-Casey Grant

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