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    GM Provides EV 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 we've seen EVs and Hybrids on the roads for a long time, did you know that not all first responders know how to work accidents involving lithium ion batteries? That’s kinda scary so I talked to GM’s Joe McLaine about how they’re helping bridge the gap. Here’s what he said. McLaine: "The training that we're providing is I'd say is exclusively on battery electrification, battery electric vehicles. So lithium ion batteries and the incidents involving those, you know people have seen hybrids on the roads for many years. But it is you know a difficult topic for some people and what we've found is that folks in the fire service and folks from the emergency service communities are really hungry for information and we try to provide them you know from our point of view as an industry leader and automotive you know leader in this country and around the world that we've been looking at electrification for a long, long time.”  If you wanna know more go to CarPro.com where we have tons of advice. 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.