DETROIT – General Motors has launched a new electric vehicle first responder program that the company says significantly expands efforts to educate public safety, fire and emergency service providers in the United States and Canada on electric vehicles.
The EV First Responder training program will focus primarily on fire service personnel, providing instruction and best practices on how to most effectively support emergencies involving electric vehicles.
This program also benefits drivers involved in incidents and is a continuation of GM-led education efforts that began more than a decade ago with the introduction of the Chevrolet Volt.
GM projects it will have the capacity to build more than one million electric vehicles by 2025.
“Our main goal is to provide key information directly to first and second responders,” said Joe McLaine, GM’s global product and systems safety engineer and lead on the training effort. “This training offers unique material and hands-on experiences that can help increase responder awareness of procedures to help maintain safety while interacting with electric vehicles while performing their duties.”
The initiative is an education and outreach program designed to provide emergency responders with key information about battery electric vehicle technology, dispel misconceptions and share important industry best practices for safe handling. safety of electrified electric and hybrid vehicles in multiple situations.
This program will be divided into live presentations and other training formats, including combinations of expert presentations, videos, animations and virtual demonstrations.
“The best way for owners of public and private vehicle fleets to quickly adopt electric vehicles is to train firefighters and emergency responders on how to handle incidents involving battery-powered vehicles,” said Andrew Klock, senior director of education and development at the National Fire Protection Association. .
The NFPA has conducted its own education efforts around electric vehicles with 300,000 first responders, but estimates there are more than 800,000 additional community members who need additional training.
Pilot events that took place in Southeast Michigan, while future training and outreach events will expand throughout Michigan and Fort Worth, TX, followed by Metro New York and South California later this summer, the company said. First and second responders can go to gmEVFirstResponderTraining.com to learn more.
Training stops include:
- International Association of Fire Chiefs International Fire-Rescue Conference in San Antonio August 24-26.
- The Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis April 24-29, 2023.
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