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.