As the demand for hybrid and electric vehicles continues to grow, it’s important for first responders to understand what informational resources are available to us. The NFPA is leading the way by compiling information in one easy location at www.evsafetytraining.org.
One of our best sources of information is the vehicle’s emergency response guides as prepared by the manufacturers. These are all available for download as PDFs on our resource page. Additionally, we are in the process of creating Emergency Field Guides (EFGs) for each of these vehicles. These field guides are designed to be single-page, double-sided “quick reference” guide covering critical information needed in a response. Be sure to add your name to our mailing list to find out when they are released. Joining our mailing list will also keep you up to date on industry information through our monthly newsletter.
If you are looking for more in depth information on electric and hybrid vehicles be sure to take a look at our research page which has numerous reports on topics ranging from our annual EV safety standards summit, to information on the use of high strength steel and the potential obstacle it poses to extrication operations.
For those of you interested in participating in training, the online program designed around the Chevrolet Volt is exactly what you are looking for. This highly interactive training scenario will teach you everything there is to know on responding to incidents involving the Volt. With over 20,000 people trained since October 2010, it is one of the more popular resources on our site. We are also putting the finishing touches on the online version of our electric and hybrid vehicle safety training program. Stay tuned for more information on its official release date.
These are just a few pieces of information available on our website. Please feel free to explore the site and look at all of the valuable resources available as we continue to make this a one stop shop for everything first responders need to know on the subject. If you have any questions about hybrids or EVs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us using our contact page, we would be happy to assist you.