NFPA is now offering an expanded, free online training for the fire service: Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Fleet Vehicles. The new course provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles and builds on NFPA’s electric vehicle (EV) training program that focuses on electric and hybrid passenger vehicles.
Estimates point to more than 13 million electric/hybrid vehicles on the world's roadways within five years. To help emergency responders handle the unique challenges presented by this new technology across vehicle types, NFPA developed the new training as a second course following its passenger vehicle training: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders Online Course. In approximately four hours, the two self-paced programs train responders through engaging videos, animations, simulations, and review exercises.
The fire service requested that we expand the training to other types of vehicles. So, we’ve carried that knowledge and experience into the new training, to help the fire service be prepared in responding to situations with electrified trucks, buses and commercial fleet vehicles.
The new online curriculum covers high voltage vehicle and safety systems, basic electrical concepts and identification techniques for electric, hybrid and the latest fuel cell vehicles. The course also covers immobilization and power-down procedures, extrication challenges, current recommended practices and tactics for dealing with vehicle and battery fires and incidents involving charging stations.
Upon completion of five modules, emergency responders will be able to:
- Safely conduct emergency scene size-up and management
- Identify an electric, hybrid and fuel cell truck, bus, fleet or passenger vehicle
- Effectively immobilize the vehicle for scene safety
- Disable the vehicle's High Voltage and SRS systems
- Conduct occupant rescue more safely
- Execute EV recovery and disposal safely