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On an accident scene, first responders have their hands full. They need to make sure the scene is safe for firefighters, police, and EMS personnel. They need to secure victims and possibly extricate them. They need to keep pedestrians and bystanders away from the accident scene while setting up barriers to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

With the long checklist of safety standards that first responders need to keep, it’s almost understandable that sometimes things get missed. However, remembering all safety precautions, and taking them, is one of the most important duties a first responder has. One of those safety precautions is making sure any vehicle involved in a crash is immobilized before beginning rescue or extinguishment procedures. If vehicles aren’t immobilized, the results can be disastrous—as seen in the video posted above, taken from an accident scene in Anthem, Arizona.

Electric Vehicle Safety Training emphasizes three major steps that must be taken before beginning extrication procedures on a vehicle scene: Identify (determine if the vehicle is a hybrid or electric model), Immobilize (this will ensure that the vehicle will not move unexpectedly and potentially injure someone), and Disable (power down the vehicle and prevent it from being turned on again accidentally). Yet these steps are not just critical for first responders addressing a hybrid or electric vehicle incident—the Identify, Immobilize, Disable step system is necessary when responding to any vehicle accident.

On November 12, 2011, the NFPA Board of Directors approved changes to the NFPA Technical Meeting Convention Rules that correspond with the current and new Regs: the current Regulations Governing Committee Projects (Annual 2013 and all preceding revision cycles) and the new Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Fall 2013 and all subsequent revision cycles).

The following changes to the convention rules will be applicable at the upcoming Association Technical Meeting at NFPA's Conference and Expo on June 11-14, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada:

3.3  Voting on Motions. Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the vote on motions shall be taken by electronic means unless the Presiding Officer determines otherwise.  by a show of hands.  If the Presiding officer is uncertain of the result of the vote, he or she can order a county of the vote.  A motion that the vote be counted is allowed, and requires a majority vote of those present.  No proxy voting is permitted.

3.4.5.2  Time Restrictions.  The maker of the motion shall have five three minutes to speak in favor of the motion.

3.4.5.3  Rebuttal.  Thereafter, the Presiding officer shall recognize speakers alternating, to the extent practicable, between those against and those that favor the motion.  Each speaker shall be limited to five three minutes or such other time as the Presiding officer, in consideration of the available time, may designate.

- Debbie Baio

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