The number of Hybrid/Electric and Alternative fuel vehicles is on the raise. According to the US Department of Transportation, the total number of Hybrid Vehicles purchased in 2012 was over 430,000 (www.dot.gov). I suspect this number will continue to increase over the next few years.
Most of you are well aware of the dangers posed by Hybrids, so I will not bore you with background and history. This month, I am all about the resources. Therefore, without further adieu, here are some great links:
Firerescue1.com – This article is a must read. When emergencies happen, there may not be time to review the manuals. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/Extrication-Tools-Cutters-and-Spreaders/articles/1368387-Hybrid-vehicle-extrication-made-simple/ (written by Dalan Zartman).
Emergency Response Guides from the Manufacturer – Each manufacturer publishes a full emergency response guide for their vehicles. Do an internet search for “(manufacturer) hybrid emergency response guide”. You should be able to find the guide for just about any vehicle. Here is a link to the guide for a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/emergency-response-guides/2013_FusionMKZERGVersion_2.pdf
NFPA.org – Here is a link to a 2010 report from The Fire Protection Research Foundation. This 129-page report includes Safety Procedures, SOP recommendations, and many links to additional information. http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Research%20Foundation/Research%20Foundation%20reports/For%20emergency%20responders/fftacticselecveh.pdf
Smart Phone Apps – There are a handful of free and pay apps available for iPhone and Android devices. These are great quick reference guides, but please base any training programs on the Manufacturer’s Emergency Response Guide. Read the app reviews and be smart about using these in an emergency. http://www.boronextrication.com/apps/
Personal Protective Equipment – Get some NFPA 70E Standard electrical gloves. I believe Class 00 are rated up to 750 Volts DC.
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Scott Bissell, CIC, CLCS