Safety Training Course Scheduled to Educate First Responders About Advanced Electric-Drive Vehicles

By: Contributor Last Updated: August 13, 2012

purdue-research-parkFirst responders can learn how to react to accidents involving hybrid vehicles, battery-powered vehicles, plug-in vehicles and fuel-cell electric vehicles during a training course set for Aug. 30.

The First Responder Safety Training program will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT at Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso, Ind. It is sponsored by South Shore Clean Cities Inc., Ivy Tech Community College, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, a program of West Virginia University.

Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, said the program is intended for firefighters, law enforcement officials, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hazard response teams, code officials, vehicle retrieval personnel and construction permitting officers.

"Participants learn important information needed to safely respond to accidents involving advanced electric-drive vehicles," he said. "These topics include vehicle identification, vehicle and fuel properties and characteristics, vehicle components, and recommended first responder procedures."

Lisek, who is co-founder of Purdue Research Park-based Legacy Environmental Services, said participants will receive a manual that outlines key information about each type of electric-drive vehicle.

"It also includes vehicle history, operations, battery technologies, infrastructure and first responder procedures like vehicle identification, personal protective equipment, and extrication," he said. "This information also will be provided in a quick reference guide that can be used on the scene of an accident and a mobile application version of the guide that is available for Apple and Android devices."

Members of South Shore Clean Cities can receive one free ticket to the program. Cost to participate is $175 for non-members. Seats are limited; RSVP to 219-644-3690 or ssmithsscc@comcast.net. To read more information about the event, visit http://bit.ly/P0sa90