18013 – Training related to hybrid vehicle fires

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A request for information about training related to hybrid vehicle fires – 18013

Ref: FOI/18013

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 12th January 2018

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please tell me if fire fighters are provided with specific training related to hybrid vehicle fires, what this training comprises, and how long the training sessions are.

Reply

FFs are provided with Electric and Hybrid training which includes a section on fires. It comprises an e-cademy package (internal e-learning facility)  created by our RTC Subject Matter Advisors and is delivered to all Trainee Firefighters as part of their initial course and to Station Based Trainers as part of their development. It was also a mandatory course for all personnel up to and including Station Commander. In addition, there is an Electric/Hybrid vehicle Power point presentation, also delivered to trainees as part of their initial training and available to all Station Based Trainers to deliver to operational crews.

Request

Please provide me with electronic copies of training documentation provided to fire fighters for electric vehicle fires.

Reply

Please see attached.

OPN 11 Vehicle Hazards 1.0 Download

Request

Please tell me if your brigade has purchased extra equipment to tackle electric or hybrid vehicle fires. If so, please tell me what this equipment comprises.

Reply

In researching the training detailed above, it was established that there is no requirement to purchase equipment specifically for electric/hybrid vehicle fires. The guidance from manufacturers was that the most effective fire attack was copious amounts of water.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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