Online, self-paced training for Chevy Volt

2011 Chevy Volt

One million advanced electric vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2015

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is providing firefighters and first responders with the information and materials necessary to respond to emergency situations involving electric vehicles. This training will help first responders identify electric vehicles and respond to common hazards. The project is being funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Electric Vehicle Safety Training

Available trainings

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.     

NFPA, Chevrolet and OnStar have launched the first virtual electric vehicle safety training for first responders. The online training — hosted on NFPA’s Electric Vehicles Safety Training website — features an inside look at the technology and safety systems for the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capabilities that hit the roads last fall.

The collaboration with Chevrolet and OnStar stems from NFPA’s electric vehicle safety training initiative, a result of a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, that supports the growing number of electric vehicles in the United States.

This is an NFPA sponsored training opportunity which may be reached at:

About the Project


Are you prepared to respond?

NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. The NFPA project, funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, provides first responders with information they need to most effectively deal with potential emergency situations involving electric vehicles.

The project is being developed in support of the Department of Energy’s overarching goal of increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road. Knowing that firefighters and first responders are equipped with the information they need about electric vehicles will be crucial to the public’s acceptance of these vehicles. 

Andrew KlockAndrew Klock, NFPA senior project manager, talks about the Electric Vehicle Safety Training project.
What is Electric Vehicle Safety training all about?
Why is NFPA launching the program?
How will the program’s safety information be distributed?


Casey GrantCasey Grant, research director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, talks about key issues concerning first responders and electric vehicles.
What are the differences between electric vehicles?
What are the key safety issues for first responders?
Why is the Research Foundation studying safety issues for electric vehicles?


The goal of NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is to ensure that firefighters and first responders are prepared for emergencies involving electric vehicles. The training seeks to:

  • Create awareness of unique emergency response needs for electric vehicles
  • Drive awareness of availability of training modules
  • Remove concern about inherent safety of electric vehicles and ability to safely respond in emergency situations
  • Reassure public that trained first responders know what to do in emergency situations involving electric vehicles

Who should participate in the Electric Vehicle Safety Training?

Members of the fire service, law enforcement and EMS personnel should participate in the training.

Why is this training being offered?

Firefighters and other first responders put their lives on the line every day. It is critical that they have all of the specific information they need about electric vehicles when preparing to deal with hazardous situations. They deserve to know what is coming down the road.

Who is developing the training?

The training will be based on extensive research and findings from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA, Subject Matter Experts, Auto Manufacturers and others.

What topics will be covered in the training?

  • Overview of the EV electrical & safety systems
  • Identification of electric & hybrid vehicle
  • Immobilization process
  • Electrical power-down procedures
  • EV extrication awareness, including high strength steel
  • Vehicle fire recommended practices
  • Emergency operations (battery fires, submersion)
  • New challenges presented by vehicle charging stations and infrastructure


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