Detroit MI. – As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, GM is significantly expanding its efforts to educate public safety, fire and emergency service providers throughout the United States and Canada. The company’s latest EV First Responder Training program will focus primarily on personnel in fire services, providing instruction and sharing of best practices on how to most effectively support emergency situations involving electric vehicles, like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and Cadillac LYRIQ.
This program, though directly focused on responders, also benefits drivers involved in incidents, where every second matters. This is a continuation of GM-led education efforts that began more than a decade ago with the introduction of the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt. With plans to have the
“Our primary goal is to provide key information directly to first and second responders,” said Joe McLaine, GM global product safety and systems engineer, and leader of the training effort. “This training offers unique material and hands-on experiences that can help increase responders’ awareness of procedures to help maintain safety while interacting with EVs during the performance of their duties.”
GM’s EV First Responder Training is an education and outreach program designed to offer emergency responders key information about battery electric vehicle technology, dispel misconceptions, and share important industry best practices for handling electric and electrified (hybrid) vehicles safely in multiple situations. This program will be divided into both live presentations and other training formats, including combinations of expert presentations, videos, animations, and virtual demonstrations.
“The best way for the public and private vehicle fleet owners to rapidly adopt EVs is to train firefighters and emergency responders on how to handle incidents involving battery-powered vehicles,” said Andrew Klock, senior manager of education and development at the National Fire Protection Association. “The fire service has had more than 100 years to gain the knowledge needed to respond to internal combustion engine fires, and it is critical that they are now educated on EV safety.”
The NFPA is committed to educating first responders about EVs, with 300,000 already trained. But there are an estimated 800,000 additional members of the community who need further education.