How Batteries are Changing our Fire Environment

October 26, 2022 Online

Our response environment is changing as the world transitions to an electric future, this program will work to educate the fire chief on the wholistic approach the fire department must take when responding and preparing their organization in a rapidly changing world of electrification. As new Electrical Vehicle (EVs) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) using Lithium-Ion technologies are presenting challenges that will continue to face our organizations.


  • Attendees will be able to describe an action plan to equip their workforce to be properly equipped to respond
  • Attendees will need to develop an action plan and which stakeholders to review key suppression activities
  • Discuss suppression options and when to let it burn


Chief Michael O'Brian

Michael O'Brian

Fire Chief, Brighton Area Fire Authority, Chair of the IAFC Lithium-Ion Battery Work Group. Chief O’Brian is the International Director for the IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section. Chief O’Brian is the past chair of the ICC Fire Code Action Committee and serves as the chair of the IAFC Lithium-Ion Workgroup.



Alternative fuel vehicle safety training for the fire service

This course teaches responders how to respond to situations involving alternative EV, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles

UL FSRI Fire Safety Academy: The Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-ion Batteries

This course focuses on lithium-ion batteries, thermal runaway and how fire/explosion hazards can develop.