Emergency Responder Training for Electric Cars

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — In the age of rapidly-growing technology, it’s important for emergency personnel to keep up with the times. That includes learning how to respond to new-age vehicles that don’t necessarily fill up at the pump.

First responders from across the Tennessee Valley attended a hands-on safety training workshop on Wednesday. Mark Bentley with the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition says although there haven’t been any major issues yet, it’s important to be prepared. “We just want to get ahead of the curve in terms of understanding in how to deal with any potential accidents that would involved responders on the scene,” said Bentley.

With traditional fuel vehicles, emergency responders have to watch for flames and fire. Bentley says it’s a completely different ballgame when it comes to electric cars. “They are electric, they have voltage in the batteries and the plug-in electrics has high voltage available under the hood and under the carriage,” said Bentley.

Bentley said the training will not only help keep emergency responders safe, but also those involved in a crash. “The first responders need to know that if they have to extricate someone, they will know where to cut and where not to cut.”

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