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    GM Explains Why EV, Hybrid Training Is Needed For Emergency Responders

    Each week, our veteran radio news journalist, Laura Reynolds, brings interviews with top auto industry execs to CarPro. You can hear her latest Auto News shorts right here. In a hurry? Then you'll love these 1-2 minute interview segments.

    Segment Transcript

    I asked GM’s Joe McLaine why when EVs and hybrids are in accidents that first responders need specialized training. Here’s what he said. McLaine: "If there's a fire incident there are differences in the way lithium ion fires progress and propagate. There are some things that we talk about in the training. Water is the only thing to put on a lithium ion fire. We show and talk about in the training all the existing requirements and regulations on crashworthiness, on post-crash electrical integrity so that includes these batteries being located almost universally low in the vehicle right, but a lot of first responders don't know that those batteries are located low in the vehicle, you know away from normal cut areas or cut zones. And we talk about extrication and the need to be able to get to occupants."  To help with this GM is going around the country and Canada to help train fire fighters. Want to know anything more car related? It's all at CarPro.com.  With today's Auto News I'm Laura Reynolds.

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    Photo: GM. A firefighter from the Illinois Fire Service Institute demonstrates occupant extraction best practices for EVs by cutting interior structural components of a GMC HUMMER EV Pickup. First responders are being taught to look out for orange-colored wiring that indicates high voltage.