NFPA announces its Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Summit being held in Denver, Colorado on February 7, 2018. This FREE event seeks to bring together a wide-reaching audience of interested stakeholders to review, discuss and validate fire service tactics and best practices for incidents and responses involving high-powered battery energy storage systems and solar systems. With the increasing demands being place on our nation’s electrical infrastructure, the installation of battery energy storage and photovoltaic systems has rapidly increased in residential, commercial, micro-grid, and utility scale applications. This exciting event seeks to identify any gaps that may exist in current first responder safety knowledge that can then be integrated into NFPA’s fire service safety training programs. Presenters will include AHJs, installer/manufactures, first responders, codes and standards organizations, research entities, government, and more.
Who Should Attend?
This event will include participation from emergency first and second responders, regulatory enforcers (federal, state, and local), AHJs, installers, manufacturers, technology providers, facility end-users, insurers, utility companies, and consumer representatives.
NFPA Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Summit
When: February 7th, 2018 – 8:00am to 4:30pm
Where: Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Energy Storage Systems Safety Training Program
Recognizing the need to address firefighter safety and tactics for battery energy storage systems, NFPA sought and received grant funding in 2015 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop the world’s first fire service safety training program. The Energy Storage Systems Safety Training Program brought together a diverse group of industry stakeholders, 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 this program, conduct a nationwide awareness campaign, and provide classroom and virtual training's in selected cities for the U.S. fire service.