NFPA offers free fire service energy storage & solar safety training - live webinars

Blog Post created by mgorin Employee on Jul 29, 2019

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is excited to offer its newly updated fire service Photovoltaic & Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Training course to the United States fire service. This four-hour instructor led course will be offered via live webinar format on August 26th and 28th from 12:00PM EST – 4:00pm EST.


Recognizing that energy storage and solar systems are rapidly becoming a reality across the country, NFPA has developed the Photovoltaic & Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Training program to help the fire service handle the unique challenges presented by these emerging technologies. This training is particularly relevant in the wake of the recent energy storage system incident that occurred in Arizona, resulting in injuries to eight firefighters.


The engaging instructor-led course will be taught by NFPA’s highly knowledgeable and experienced instructors, and covers the following topics:


  • Introduction to energy storage system & solar concepts including applications, types, and terminology
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Introduction to photovoltaic systems
  • Introduction to battery energy storage systems including lead acid, lithium-ion, sodium sulfur, and flow batteries
  • Failure modes and hazards
  • Pre-incident planning
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Students will be able to interact directly with the fire service instructor, and all participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.


For questions regarding this training, please contact Michael Gorin at


About NFPA’s Energy Storage & Solar Safety Training Program


In 2015, NFPA received grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop safety training for the fire service when dealing with sizeable high-powered energy storage systems incidents. The project brought together Strategen Consulting, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and several highly knowledgeable subject matter experts from the fire service to identify and confirm best practices for handling incidents involving this emerging technology. Concepts are delivered through online & classroom training, educational videos, animations 3D modeling, scenario rooms, mobile apps, and quick reference materials. In 2017, NFPA received additional FEMA funding to update and expand its program to include solar safety and the latest in storage research findings, while conducting a nationwide awareness campaign for the U.S. fire service. For additional energy storage and solar safety information and resources, please visit our website at www/