Advanced Vehicle Systems

Concerns for First Responders

Primary, Secondary & Supplemental Restraints

  • What's happening with new designs & pretensioning seat belts (ATS) & smarter airbag supplemental restraints
  • FMVSS and SAE: Are Rescuer's concerns about these systems being addressed
  • Vehicle fire hazard, extrication procedures

Energy Management Systems

  • Boron safety cage concerns
  • New "B" post designs
  • Advanced, super & ultra high strength steel challenges

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

  • Myth, rumor & fact in vehicle crash and burn
  • ISO SAE guidelines, charging paddle systems
  • HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCV ERG's, do you have an SOP or SOG?
  • NiMH & Li batteries, Vehicle fire hazards

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

  • On the road this year! Are you ready?
  • 5K hydrogen psi storage tank burn tests
  • PEM cell (proton exchange membrane)
  • FMVSS & SAE platform standards

What's coming down the Pipeline?

  • Pre-crash system readiness
  • Pedestrian protection
  • Rollover protection
  • Transponders for all vehicles?

First, full review of restraint systems including windshields and side & back light, ATS pre-tensioning seat belts, front and knee air bags, side and curtain bags. Where they are, how they work, and how to avoid accidental deployment during extrication.

Second, vehicle anatomy and changes in structural components and high strength materials used in today and tomorrow's vehicles. Sheet molded compound, carbon fiber or carbon-carbon, boron steel, ultra high strength steel & new cast alloy components are reviewed. Where they are, what you can cut, and what cannot be cut.

Third, HEV's, PHEV's, BEV's. Many myths abound and are dispelled, and if possible need be identified at the crash scene or vehicle fire as there are potentially dangerous areas. All 47+ hybrids have some similarities but each emergency rescue guideline is model specific, unfortunately. All ERG's available for these vehicles are on CD and given to participants for developing your own standard operating procedures. Chevy Volt ERG is also on CD.

Fourth, fuel cell vehicles or FCV's. Another new drive train system that hit the road recently. Honda's FCX Clarity and GM with the Equinox H2. How they work, ISO standards, component configuration and 5K psi hydrogen tank and proton exchange membrane live burn tests are also viewed.

The overall goal and objective of the classes are to prepare rescuers for their own and the patient's safety at a crash scene, and better educate all on vehicle technological advances.

Instruction Method

Classroom PowerPoint presentation and set up prop of mock dashboard and vehicle uni-side on apparatus floor bay or other staging area for air bag and seat belt pre-tensioner deployments and review of "strike" zones.