Monday, 07 May 2018 09:21

WA’s rarest Electric Vehicles gather for emergency services training Photo: VisionPhoto/Murray Armenti

MTA WA Divisional Manager Mark Curnow conducted a training night for “first responders” on Wednesday 2nd May, with the aim of educating emergency services on the specialised shut-down procedures for Electric Vehicles (EV) in the event of an accident.

The evening was held in the MTA WA’s Automotive Institute of Technology's advanced training workshop and allowed for detailed theoretical and practical demonstrations. [Photos at end of the article, full gallery is HERE]

Florian Popp, Ed Kestel (Gemtek) and Jurgen Lunsmann have been working hard to field a fleet of electric vehicles in varying segments of the Targa South West Rally, which will be running from the 18th to 20th May 2018. Given that this is the first time there has been an EV category in the event, the need to update emergency services on the procedural processes regarding EV’s was necessary.

The evening focused on informing representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Targa South West (Ross Tapper) and the EV drivers – all of whom were deeply engaged with the theory based training and the highly technical practical demonstrations.

Vehicles provided for the night included;

  • Tesla Roadster - Hans Nauendorf
  • Renault Zoe - Melville Renault/Sam Dawson
  • BMW i3 - Auto Classic BMW/Josh Curtis & Phil French
  • BMW i3 Jon Edwards
  • Tesla Model S - Joseph Law

Mark Curnow had undertaken extensive levels of research on USA-based first responder guides, as well as drawing on experience from training that he had personally undertaken. Combined with the skills and knowledge of attendees, the event was the first of its kind in Western Australia and could provide the future framework for training emergency and related personnel on the post-incident risk mitigation strategies when an EV is involved.

A special thank you to all who attended the evening, we sincerely hope that it proved beneficial and will pave the way for future relationships with emergency services.


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