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Fire safety of electric vehicles for

Automotive & Towing

Live saving learning for an electrified world...

Supporting safer EV sales and transport

Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) power our lives. They're everywhere, from the phone in your back pocket, electric bikes, vehicles and even large scale energy storage systems. In normal use, they're inherently safe to operate & charge.

But, when LiBs catch fire, known as 'thermal runaway',  they present significant risks to life & property. 

Our data indicates there are a number of EV battery fires that occur at dealerships, repair and servicing centres, and that tow truck drivers are more likely to suffer inhalation and burn injuries than emergency responders.

While the research, testing and data for electric vehicle battery fires in automotive and towing is emerging, we know it can be confusing for businesses to provide accurate information and training for battery fire safety.

Using data-driven analysis, we support automotive and towing businesses stay safer around EVs and adapt to a rapidly electrifying world.

Here's how we can support your journey...

Specialist Webinars

Our expert team regularly presents webinar discussions with businesses looking to further their understanding of battery fire risks and build awareness in their team.

To cover all concerns, we aim to present specialist webinars for 1 to 1.5 hours including questions before, during or after the session. 

These webinars are presented by two EV FireSafe experts and will focus on your specific industry or vehicles. Sessions cost AU$3,500.00 (ex GST) and can be recorded and uploaded to your intranet.

Contact our Director for more information.
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Onsite Group Training Sessions

Established your business operating procedures, but want to conduct awareness training?

Our team can run onsite training that follow your procedures and emergency plans for lithium-ion battery or electric vehicle fires.

We have experience across a range of sectors, and can adapt training to suit specific needs. Onsite battery fire training can be run anywhere in the world.

Please contact our Director for more information.
Flexible training - do it from anywhere, on any device
Train with experts (who are also EV-experienced firefighters!)
Data-driven training using real-world incidents

What will you learn?

Lithium-ion battery & electric vehicle basics

  • What is a lithium-ion battery, how are they constructed & where are they used? 
  • What do the stats say about lithium-ion battery fire cause, risk & consequence? Develop your professional skills
  • What is thermal runaway?
  • Early warning signs of thermal runaway 
  • How to recognise a damaged lithium-ion battery 
  • Battery ignition & vapour cloud explosion
  • Categorisation of LiBs & emergency response 
  • A look at thermal runaway across a range of lithium-ion battery uses

Prevention, Preparation, Response, Recovery

  • Pre-work checklist & inspections
  • Safer EV charging procurement & installation
  • Preparing for a high risk EV
  • Why you should establish a quarantine area
  • Training staff to recognise the early signs of thermal runaway 
  • Emerging products & tools 
  • Why is there a risk of secondary ignition? 
  • What do you need to know for post-incident recovery?

Who is this training for?

Our training helps everyone stay safer around electric vehicles and is designed to assist:
Transport truck drivers
Roadside assistance
Auto workshops & repairs
Towing & removal, storage & auction
Auto salvage
Traffic incident management.
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How is EV FireSafe's training delivered?

All sessions are delivered by experienced EV FireSafe team members. Our knowledge is not static; it is driven by our global database of real-world incidents, first-hand experience...and your questions and concerns.

We know these concepts can be confusing, so our training breaks them down into simple language and provides sensible, actionable incident management steps.
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Expert training designed for:

Transport truck drivers, dealerships, roadside assistance, auto workshops & repairs, towing & removal, storage & auction, auto salvage & traffic incident management.

Introducing your instructors

Emma Sutcliffe

EV FireSafe director
Emma is the Director of EV FireSafe, a private company funded by the Australian Department of Defence to research EV battery fires & emergency response. She is also an operational volunteer firefighter.

Dan Fish

EV firesafe technical specialist
Dan is EV FireSafe's Technical Specialist & EV safety guru. He started his career as a mechanic & became a full-time firefighter 20 years ago. He now has an encyclopaedic knowledge of EVs & high voltage systems.

FAQs about EV FireSafe EV Battery Fire Training for Business & Industry

How often does training run?

Some training can be accessed any time, webinars are held regularly and in-person training is by request.

What will I

Everything you need to know to work more confidently around EVs and lithium-ion batteries!

Can I watch webinars later?

Webinars are recorded & will be available to view later via the enrolment page.

What do I need to do to attend?

Attend online using any device with wifi. In person events may have pre-requisites - ask us about those!

Can I ask

Yes! On webinars we answer some questions live, but you can also email us at hello@evfiresafe.business

Who runs these sessions?

EV FireSafe is funded by the Department of Defence to research EV battery fires. Research at evfiresafe.com

Favourite feedback (so far)...

EV FireSafe is invaluable to those of us concerned with, and working in, lithium-ion battery & EV fire safety. 
Professor Paul Christensen
...so many positive comments & thank you messages from attendees of this training. You have made us all safer.
Country Fire Authority
...an immense contribution in updating concepts & information of high technical relevance for our team.
Sergipe State Vehicle Rescue Commission (Brazil)

The EV FireSafe team are

#thought leading | #globally recognised | #data-driven | #safety focused | #evidence based 

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