How should we prepare firefighters for an EV future?

Preparing First Responders for Future Electric Vehicle Emergencies

Date: 8:30 AM — 4:30 PM, November 18, 2022

Location: 1036 Cyber Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Registration: Link

Directions: Cyber Hall can be accessed using the side pedestrain walk. Parking can be found right across the street. Additional parkings are available in the parking lot on Harper Ct, east of Cyber Hall.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Chief Michael O’Brian

Michael O’Brian is the Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority in Brighton MI. He also serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and is chairing their work group on preparing the fire service for response to incidents in Lithium Ion Batteries

About the Talk

Batteries are now consuming our industries and homes. With existing and new technologies the fire service is challenged with responding to incidents that involve various forms of lithium ion batteries. From small personal devices, electric vehicles, and the manufacturing process, the fire service is working to understand this new demand and how to adequately respond and protect their community and firefighters.


Panelist


Panel A: Industry Aspects of EV Safety

Panel B: Traffic Incident Management of EV

Panel C: Responder Training for EV Fires

Workshop Agenda

TimeContent
8:30 AMWelcome & Introduction
Dr. Yangming Shi, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Dr. Laura Myers, Senior Research Scientist, University of Alabama 
8:50 AMOpening Remarks
Mr. Michael Oatridge, Executive Director, Alabama Mobility and Power Center 
9:00 AMKeynote Speech
Chief Michael O’Brian, Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority
9:30 AMPanel A: Industry Aspects of EV Safety
Dr. Krishna Shah (moderator), Assistant Professor, University of Alabama. 
Dr. Taylor Garrick, VDDV Technical Specialist, General Motors
Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, Vice President and Executive Director, UL Research Institutes
Dr. Shuna Ni, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Mr. Michael Oatridge, Executive Director, Alabama Mobility and Power Center
11:00 AMPoster Session and Technology Demonstration
Dr. Yangming Shi (moderator)
Students will present posters on research and information about EV and EV fire
12:00 PMLunch
Sponsored by Alabama Transportation Institute
1:00 PMPanel B: Traffic Incident Management (TIM) of EV
Dr. Jun Liu (co-moderator), Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Dr. Xinwu Qian (co-moderator), Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Mr. Brett Sellers, TSMO Manager, Alabama Department of Transportation 
Mr. Ricky Hendon, Training and Research Manager, AAA, Automotive 
Lt. Josh Pfeiffer, FF/medic and instructor, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Mr. Thomas Miller, Lead EV Fire Instructor, National Volunteer Fire Council
2:15 PMBreak
2:30 PMPanel C: Responder Training for EV fires
Dr. Yangming Shi (co-moderator), Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Dr. Laura Myers (co-moderator), Senior Research Scientist, University of Alabama
Mr. Thomas Miller, Lead EV Fire Instructor, National Volunteer Fire Council
Lt. Josh Pfeiffer, Volunteer and Career firefighter, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Mr. Ken Colvert, TMC Manager & TIM Trainer, Alabama Department of Transportation
Mr. Reid Vaughan, Director of Regional Services, Alabama Fire College
4:00 PMClosing Remarks

Organizing committee


  • Dr. Yangming Shi
  • Dr. Jun Liu
  • Dr. Krishna Shah
  • Dr. Xinwu Qian
  • Dr. Laura Myers

SPONSORS


ADDRESS

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

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