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Emergency Response to Electric Vehicle Incidents 

Chris Soda

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Emergency Response to Electric Vehicle Incidents is designed to introduce first responders to the basic design and hazards of battery operated or hybrid vehicles and provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills needed respond to and address electric vehicle emergencies. Students will leave prepared to operate as a member of a team capable of responding to emergencies involving alternative fuel vehicles, where advanced vehicle rescue may be needed. Topics covered include battery technology, tactics for incidents involving electric vehicle charging stations, post collision how to deal with the electric vehicle including our 6-step method, challenges posed by Ultra-high strength steel, rapid extrication techniques, electric vehicle fires including our 5-step method, electric semi’s and electric buses. This class will also cover SOP development for the different types of incidents associated with electric vehicles. 

Chris Soda 

  Chris Soda is a 15-year member of the Chicago Fire Department where he is currently assigned as a relief lieutenant. Chris also teaches at Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) where he is the program coordinator for the Vehicle Machinery Operations and Technician programs. In addition to teaching at NIPSTA, Chris has also been an instructor for the Chicago Fire Department, Quinn Fire Academy, teaching candidate firefighter’s vehicle extrication. Chris is the owner of Junk Yard Dog Extrication Training teaching emergency response to electric vehicles and vehicle extrication to first responders.