NFPA is much more than a standards-development organization—we also facilitate the safe deployment of emerging technologies to the fire service, says Ken Willette, division manager for Public Fire Protection at NFPA. A case in point is the way hybrid and electric passenger vehicles (EVs) were introduced to the fire service.
Five years ago, General Motors asked NFPA to partner with them in developing and delivering awareness-level training for the fire service. With a Department of Energy grant and additional funding from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, NFPA developed a training curriculum and delivery platform to share this information with as many firefighters as possible. To date, more than 40,000 firefighters have participated in this program, which has been updated to include new vehicle models, electrically powered trucks and buses, and other topics.
Now, NFPA is in a position to help provide responder training for energy storage systems (ESS), which are increasingly found in everything from homes and commercial buildings to power plants and war ships. Willette writes about his recent participation in a webinar hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance addressing the Department of Energy’s “Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan” in his column "The New New Tech" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.
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