Tactical Considerations For Extinguishing Electric Car Fire – Video


Test Vehicle Used For Fire Extinguishing Training

Test Vehicle Used For Fire Extinguishing Training

The National Fire Protection Association released this video on extinguishing high voltage battery fires in automobiles:

This video takes the data gathered through the HEV/EV high voltage battery burn study conducted by the NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation and breaks it down into a series of tactical considerations and best practices for extinguishing fires in HEV and EVs. The following key areas are addressed:

• PPE recommendations
• Water supply requirements
• Extinguishment time considerations
• Water application methods and tactics for maximum effectiveness
• Recognizing the potential re-ignition and thermal runaway in a high voltage battery
• NHSTA recommended guidelines for storage of vehicles with burned or damaged high voltage batteries

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“There’s a vehicle fire every 2 minutes in the US” but basically none of them are BEVs.

This is one of my favorite EV subjects. Early on I was cautioned about the inevitable. Though battery fires can occur with current battery chemistry, and as the article suggest, fire fighters must be knowledgeable on how to deal with them, the LACK of EV fires is beyond anyone’s imagination.

The last reported data on ICE (gas) fires were somewhere around 90 fires per billion miles on US roads. EVs probably have around 3 billion miles now and you could count the total fires on your fingers. Furthermore, most were early fires that design improvements have all but extinguished.

Right out of the gate, an EV fire was 20 times less likely to happen. Now EVs seem to be marching toward 100 times less likely to catch fire.

There are many reasons an EV is safer to drive period. In an accident, the car with the most mass generally will be safer. EVs have more mass. If fire is what fills your nightmares, then EVs will reduce your chances by incredible percentages.

Interesting video. That’s a good point about the battery being essentially inaccessible under the car. Hopefully that will turn out to mean fewer battery cases getting penetrated, too.

Now on to Hydrogen….

Ka-boom! Enough said.

yeah, hydrogen fires are great. flame is near invisible in daylight…

Agreed there! Hydrogen burns so fast it’s not likely any responders would even have time to get there and once there all that will be remaining will likely be a burning chassis (or whatever is left of it after the bang) Any traces of hydrogen will be long gone.