NFPA, Chevrolet, and OnStar have launched Electric Vehicle Safety Training for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle that hit the roads last fall. The training features an inside look at the vehicle’s technology and safety systems. More training resources for the Chevrolet Volt.
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Six airbags (driver and front passenger airbags; side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear)
Special sensor system designed to detect crash intensity and quickly deploy the airbags
Specially tuned accelerometers enable the airbag sensor system to obtain reliable characterizations of the impact and therefore provide greater passenger protection
Electronic system to identify low-frequency deceleration signals High-strength, form-hardened and light-weight steel to absorb the brunt of an impact
The 2011 VW Jetta also uses a Keyless access with a Push-button Start. What is important to know is the locking and engine starting system does not require a door or ignition lock cylinder. System detects authorization from a transponder on the driver’s body. As son as one of the front door handles is touched, the doors are unlocked, the engine immobilizer and optional anti-theft warning system are then deactivated. The engine is then started by pressing the engine Start/Stop button on the center console. Soif the Jetta is still running when you get on scene, remember to use the start/stop button.
I posted almost a month ago about the Hybrid Auto Extrication Guide by Field Applications, LLC. I received an email over the weekend from the founder of Field Applications, Cal Blake. Cal informed me that Hybrid Extrication Guide. Version 1.1 has just been released. This update includes improved schematics from Moditech and updates for all 2011 Hybrid models. So grab your on iPhone, Android, and or iPad and make sure you update your app and download it if you don’t have it!
Other smartphone extrication apps are
- Extraction Zones by Adam Weiss (iPhone/iPod/iPad with an Android version coming soon)
- Rescue Cards by Opel
If you are still look for more fire/EMS apps check out Rhett’s post over on the FireCritic.com; Android Applications for the Fire & EMS Service. If I missed an extrication app, please let me know so I can add it!
The Mini E is not a production vehicle for sale to the public per say. However, 450 Mini E vehicles are currently in a field trial in the United States. There are two areas selected for the trial, Los Angeles and the New York and New Jersey Metro area. The Mini E has about a 156 mile range on a full charge so must of the vehicles will likely stay around those two areas. The Mini E trial is a lease purchase where the vehicles will be brought back BMW/Mini to gather valuable data from real world drivers. Just because there are only a few of the Mini Es out on the road doesn’t mean First Responders should take a few minutes to look at the Mini E Emergency Responder Quick Reference Guide. My hat goes off to BMW/Mini for taking the time to put together an ERG on a vehicle that is basically in the testing phase on the road!
Make sure you also visit the sources of the images in this post. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is working very hard on providing free training for First Responders on the the Electric Vehicle Safety Training website.
If you missed Ron Moore’s University of Extrication Vehicle Rescue Update for 2011 on Firehouse.com on 4/29/2011 you are in luck! This free webcast training that was sponsored by Amkus Rescue Systems is available on Firehouse.com until 4/28/2012.
It’s a known fact that the field of vehicle rescue and extrication is rapidly changing. The constant introduction of new model vehicles, new vehicle technologies, even new rescue tools and techniques have become the new norm. What’s the latest update with airbags? What do you really need to know about the Volt and Leaf electric vehicles? Are you able to tackle the challenges of advanced steels in vehicles today? Join Ron Moore as he presents a unique and interactive University of Extrication on the newest and most critical items that responders have to be aware of today. Bring your questions and Ron will bring the answers.
Moore broke the webcast down into three topics: Airbags, Hybrids, an update on changes in the use of steels in vehicles. This was a train the trainer webcast and was worth every second spent listening and watching the carefully selected slides.
One of the FireEMSBlogs.com team that I was lucky enough to get to know a little was Tiger Schmittendorf. I noticed on Facebook tonight that a link was posted from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute that Tiger commented on about. Tiger created the Responder Safety Visor Card. The card shown below provides a vital reminder for setting up temporary traffic control at a glance. Print it out and put it in the map book or in the visor.
Below are just three of the many FREE pdfs available at Respondersafety.com
- Lane Desig Card 5.5 x 8.5 .pdf
Lane Designation Card suitable for printing Photo side one, Explanation side two
- Temp Traffic Control for Emg. Resp 1 .pdf
Temporary Traffic Control For 1st Responders-Download this great training tool for all roadway responders
- CVVFA Responder Visor Card_03-28-2011.pdf
Sun Visor Card for Emergency Vehicles-Print on card stock and put one in every vehicle in your fleet
Back in November, the webcast from Firehouse.com called The First 15 Minutes: Decision Making at Roadway Incidentspresented by Jack Sullivan from Responder Safety. The webcast was very informative and only available as an archeive only for 1 year!
Well not a chicken dinner but a TRECK from Talon Rescue! The winner is from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania and has been contacted via Facebook. As soon as I hear from him I will post his name. I just want to make sure he is ok with me posting his name!
If you missed this giveaway, don’t worry! I’m working on getting a few more pocket tools to give out to my readers!
If you are wondering what a TRECK is, then read about it here.