Missouri First Responders Receive Training in Electric Vehicle Safety

6 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, January 28 2012 Jan 28, 2012 Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:37:00 AM CST January 28, 2012 in News
By: Heather Trumpfheller

COLUMBIA - The National Fire Protection Association met in Columbia today training firefighters and first responders electric vehicle safety. The training began Saturday morning with a classroom portion at the University of Missouri Student Center where approximately 60 participants from across the state attended the session, which teams up with MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

This private session is a train-the-trainer course so local precincts and fire districts can learn how to be comfortable when dealing with these types of emergencies. The NFPA teaches the fire districts and local precincts the ins and outs about electrical components to ensure their communities they are getting the best treatment.

From 1:30-3:30 p.m., there is a hands-on training and a live demonstration of safety techniques with both a Chevrolet Volt and a Toyota Prius. The cars were donated by Bob McCosh Chevrolet and Joe Machens Toyota. During this presentation, the NFPA will lift up the hood and demonstrate important battery parts and other things about the vehicles.

The National Fire Protection Association is traveling to all 50 states. Missouri and Rhode Island had their trainings the same day, making them the 19th and 20th states to have already heard this information.

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