NFPA brings electric vehicle training to first responders in California

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on May 23, 2012

Karma Fisker
Charging up the Fisker that was loaned to us by Fisker Silicon Valley.

Earlier today, California first responders had the opportunity to learn more about essential procedures for responding to emergency situations involving electric and hybrid vehicles. NFPA, in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs Association, hosted a train-the-trainer session at the San Jose Fire Department Training Center. California was the 30th state to receive this training since it was launched last summer. 

Tesla Roadster, Plug-In Prius
Following the classroom training, students step outside to review the
components of the Tesla Roadster, Plug-In Prius and other EVs.

Given that the training was held near some of the most exotic electric vehicle manufacturers in the world, course attendees were given access to a Tesla Roadster, a Karma Fisker, and more. Prior to that portion of the training, each participant was given an Emergency Field Guide to familiarize themselves with the vehicle-specific response recommendations. They now have a better understanding of the technologies and special features included in these new vehicles.

To find out when you may have the opportunity to experience a training in your area, be sure to visit our Calendar!

- Angela Burke