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General Motors says that in the last two years, it has provided in-person EV safety training to 5,000 first responders from over 700 departments across the U.S. Now, GM has partnered with OnStar and the Illinois Fire Service Institute and released free online training videos for any first responder. The module specifically covers handling electric cars.

While GM isn’t the only entity offering free online EV safety training, its program and associated gratis resources are a clear attempt to educate on handling its electric cars properly in an emergency.

Some basic concepts include identifying EVs, like (noticing missing tailpipes and radiators), how to open car doors, and what EV-specific hazards are present.

A blue 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV shown charging at a charge station in left rear profile view GM now offers free EV safety training for first responders
2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV | Chevrolet

Topics covered in the videos include:

  • BEV Basics and Electrical Concepts
  • Incident Response and Rescue Documents
  • Battery Packs and Fire Suppression
  • Connected Vehicle Services, OnStar, and Extrication

Moreover, anyone can access GM’s First Responder resource site and look up GM model EV safety materials, including rescue sheets. These provide step-by-step instructions on many helpful topics:

  • How to recognize each EV model in its lineup
  • How to disable direct hazards
  • How to access occupants
  • Lists and info on any stored hazardous materials
  • What to do in cases of fire or submersion
  • How to safely tow, transport, and store the EV

GM’s BEV First Responder Training program is live now. Professionals need only to register to gain access to the EV safety videos and materials.