Louisiana Firefighters train to pull victims out of Electric Cars
POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) —
Louisiana Firefighters spent the day learning all about electric cars.
That's because when these types of vehicles are involved in a crash, and a person is trapped inside, first responders have to think differently.
They have to shut down the electricity, to keep car crash victims and themselves safe.
In order to know how to do that they must be able to recognize what type of car they are dealing with.
An electric car is wired differently than a hybrid car, and way different than gas powered cars.
"As these vehicles become more prevalent in their communities and response areas, it's important that they know how to deal with them safely because if the rescuer gets hurt trying to help a person out of his car, who's gonna help the rescuer?" said LSU FETI Chief Alan Joos.