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Mitsubishi i at Fire Training ClassThis past Saturday, in conjunction with the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute, John Cannon and I had the pleasure to conduct the Kansas EV Train-the-Trainer program on the grounds of the University of Kansas.  Special thanks to the school’s Director Glenn Pribbenow and Special Projects Manager Todd Miles for their gracious hospitality.  The program was well attended as nearly 70 of the Institute’s instructors participated in the training session and are now qualified to teach this program throughout the state.   

Also, thanks to the hard work of the Institute’s staff the students were able to work with four vehicles during the hands on portion of the curriculum, with almost all of the major types of electric vehicles represented.  The students utilized the newly released NFPA Emergency Field Guides (EFGs) to answer emergency response questions about the Chevrolet Volt (EREV), Nissan Leaf (EV), Mitsubishi iMev (EV), and the Lincoln MKZ (HEV). 

The NFPA EV team looks forward to working with Kansas Fire & Rescue Institute to provide guidance as they start to train firefighters and other emergency responders in their state.

Stay Safe,


Attendees of the “Fire Flow Water Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered Buildings: An Assessment of Community Impacts” presentation reviewed the recent Fire Protection Research Foundation report analyzing the fire protection water demand for various building types, including residential dwellings.

Download Fire Flow Water Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered Buildings.

The study, presented by Will Smith of Code Consultants, Inc., analyzed the cost impacts of sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings for the end user and water purveyor, comparing water usage for commissioning, testing, and maintenance with theoretical code-required water consumption during a fire. 

The report concludes that the amount of water used during a fire in a sprinklered building is less than that of an unsprinklered building. In addition, in most cases, the amount of water required per year in a sprinklered building for commissioning, inspection, testing, and maintenance of systems is less than that of an unsprinklered building.

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