When Electric Cars Catch Fire, What Should First Responders Do?

Once everyone is out of harm’s way, they could kick back and roast marshmallows, but that’s not the point. How should first responders go about putting out fires in electric vehicles, which include hundreds of pounds of chemical batteries?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on vehicle manufacturers to answer that question. The companies that make such cars, like Tesla, should provide guidance on how to approach and extinguish fires in their vehicles because they aren’t like a common house or fossil fuel fire.

The NTSB brought this up after investigating four Tesla battery fires over the last three years, including situations where the battery pack reignited after firefighters had put out the initial fire.

The NTSB said:

“…most manufacturers’ emergency response guides for fighting high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires lack necessary, vehicle-specific details on suppressing the fires.”

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  1. David Franks
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    SO HOW DO YOU PUT OUT THE BATTERY FIRE! I AM A FIREFIGHTER AND WANT TO KNOW?

  2. Ronald Lee Sires
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    Break out the Wieners and Marshmallows.

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