Our life is becoming electrified by batteries more and more each day; from vehicles to everyday items that we use and depend on. These same batteries that make our days easier can also make it a day to remember if you respond to a battery emergency. Much of the fire service is not prepared with training and knowledge to be successful when responding to these battery emergencies. Join us as we discuss lessons learned, smart practices, and what we can do to keep our members safe while mitigating these incidents.
- Learn whether we can/should put water on batteries or not
- Hear what outside agencies you may need for assistance
- Understand how unprepared many organizations are to respond to these electric emergencies
Tracey Steffes, Morris (Illinois) Fire Protection District, Fire Chief
He started with the Morris Fire Protection District January 1989 as a volunteer firefighter. In September of 1989, he was hired as a full-time police officer for the City of Morris. He worked full-time for the City of Morris holding the ranks of Patrolman, Corporal and Chief of Police. On his days off from the City Police, he worked as a part-time assistant chief for the Fire District. After 23 years of service, he left the Morris Police Department and was hired as the full-time Fire Chief for the Morris Fire Protection District in July of 2012. He and his wife, Alicia, have two grown children.