This week, NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training stopped in Ohio, our 32nd state, to visit the Ohio Fire Academy. The Academy in Reynoldsburg gathered more than 30 first responders from across the state to take part in the training—and even two from Canada!
NFPA Safety Trainer Chris Pepler was able to discuss with attendees the key guidelines for responding to emergencies involving electric vehicles, as well as how to consult NFPA’s newly released Emergency Field Guide for critical, model-specific information. First responders at the training were able to gain firsthand experience working with the EFG on an all-new 2012 Chevrolet Volt provided by Coughlin Cars of Pataskala.
After attendees consulted their EFG’s for proper shutdown and safety procedures, they were able to observe the quiet movement of the car as it was in drive—a key hazard for first responders.
In addition to attendees receiving important information about electric vehicle safety, the general public had the chance to see how their communities’ first responders will now be prepared to respond to any emergencies that may occur involving electric vehicles when a local television station and newspaper shared news about the training.
Thanks to WCMH-TV and The Columbus Dispatch for coming out the view the training, the Ohio Fire Academy for their hospitality, and all the first responders who attended for taking this information to more of their colleagues throughout the state of Ohio…and even Canada!