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    GM Trains First Responders In How To Handle EV Emergencies

    Each week, our veteran radio news journalist, Laura Reynolds, brings interviews with top auto industry execs to CarProUSA. 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’m Laura Reynolds with CarPro.com. GM Global Product Safety and Systems Engineer Joe McLaine says GM is providing training for first responders who work on EVs involved in emergency situations. McLaine: "We've also provided money to the National Fire Protection Association so at NFPA.org/EV there is training that is being made available for first responders to sign up for free, typically this training would be you know at-cost, but we've provided a grant to the National Fire Protection Association, so if people can't attend in person they can certainly take that online training. Again, it's going to be on alternative fuel vehicles which battery electric vehicles are a subset of that, but it's a good bit of information again from the industry and from the fire service, the NFPA, but we are looking forward to making contact and delivering training to several thousand folks." For more information on these and other vehicles, check out 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.