We all can respect and appreciate the job of a First Responder such as an EMT or firefighter. Through their selfless work, lives are saved . That is their nine-to-five. However, though it is the job of a First Responder to aid victims of things such as a crash, their lives are also at stake and every bit of knowledge can help them avoid danger. With this in mind, Chevrolet and OnStar teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to present a three hour program on how to deal with emergency situations with electric vehicles.
In Auburn Hills, MI, The program covered topics dealing with electric vehicles such as power shut-off procedures, information about the lithium-ion battery, and other items pertaining to electric vehicles. Participants practiced their new techniques on a Chevrolet Volt during the extrication exercises, giving first responders a chance for hands-on training. Gay Kent, Chevrolet’s Safety Director said of the program:
“These training sessions provide a valuable opportunity for first responders to prepare for the introduction of this new vehicle technology. The tour allows us to extend our training and education to first responders across the country. Our goal with this program is to help public safety personnel become as comfortable working around electric vehicles as they are with conventional vehicles today.”
The program will be making its way to major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Washington, D.C. to educate first responders before the Chevrolet Volt begins to hit dealership lots.