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    GM Is Providing EV, Hybrid Training 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

    You know EVs and Hybrids have been around awhile so I asked GM’s Joe McLaine why they are redoubling their efforts NOW to show first responders how to deal with EVs and Hybrids accidents. McLaine:  "What happened has been the National Transportation Safety Board and really a move towards mass electrification and mass adoption of electrified vehicles and the technology has advanced you know well and continues to you know in many different regards in terms of battery cell design or battery chemistry, energy density all those things and we thought it was time for a retouch and going out to raise awareness and let folks in the emergency services communities know that General Motors is taking the move towards electrification very seriously and has always led with safety in mind. And not just the safety of the vehicle product right, the safety of the first and second responders coming to interact and engage with the vehicles is also a top concern for General Motors." 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.