EV Safety Training heads to Oregon

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on Sep 23, 2011

Bilde[1]Subject matter expert Matt Paiss shows a first responder the interior of a Chevy Volt.
Photo from Statesman Journal.

The EV Safety Training tour is still underway! On September 22, NFPA Subject Matter Expert Matt Paiss headed to Oregon to deliver the electric vehicle safety course to a group of about forty first responders. A brand-new Chevrolet Volt was on hand for course attendants to get an up-close and personal look at the vehicle's interior.

"Nice vehicle," said John Brown, a firefighter with the Cresent Fire District in central Oregon. "Creates headaches for us."

Hopefully, with the distribution of NFPA's training, there will be fewer headaches--and even fewer shocks--for firefighters responding to an electric vehicle incident. 

"Our firefighters and first responders always have adapted their response to new types of vehicles and technologies," said Erik Gabliks, director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. "Oregon is one of the leading states in terms of hybrid and electric vehicle sales. This training will help our first responders prepare and have the knowledge to better protect the communities we serve."

To see some great footage of the training, head over to the Statesman Journal.