I was contacted a couple months ago by Paul Melfi who is working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on a new project called Electric Vehicle Safety Training. The project has some major legs and $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The goal of NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is widespread training participation and ensuring that firefighters and first responders are prepared for emergencies involving electric vehicles. The training seeks to:
- Create awareness of unique emergency response needs for electric vehicles
- Drive awareness of availability of training modules
- Remove concern about inherent safety of electric vehicles and ability to safely respond in emergency situations
- Reassure public that trained first responders know what to do in emergency situations involving electric vehicles
The website and the training are in the development phase right now. However, make sure you bookmark the site and start checking it regularly! The Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project has the potential to be an informative resource for First responders dealing with electric vehicles.