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Lithium-Ion and Energy Storage Systems


A lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries known to be lightweight, and long-lasting. They’re often used to provide power to a variety of devices, including smartphones, laptops, e-bikes, e-cigarettes, power tools, toys, and cars, and now homes.

Adapting the fire service response plans through training, research, and experience is critical in the fire service. As consumers continue expanding use of the batteries and systems and sales of electrification increase for: electric vehicles (EVs), mobility devices, home energy storage systems (ESS), the fire service must continue to modify our tactics to properly respond and protect firefighters. Fighting vehicle and home fires is inherently dangerous but now a new technology changes the risk profile. When responding to an incident involving a  lithium-ion battery system fire there are additional challenges responding crews must consider.

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Electric bicycles, e-scooters, e-skateboards and hoverboards are growing in popularity.
Gain insight into key considerations when planning to enter the EU and North American markets with e-bikes.
Gain insight about the importance of functional safety in batteries and micromobility products.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Lithium-Ion battery recalls consumer alerts, recalls and warnings.
FDNY Tips from Training: Lithium-Ion Battery Mobility Device Fires
FDNY Tips from Training: E-Bike & Scooter Fires/Emergencies
FDNY Tips from Training: E-Bike & Scooter Fires/Emergencies
This course teaches responders how to respond to situations involving alternative EV, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles
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.
This report summarizes fire tests conducted to determine fire protection guidance for warehouse storage of cartoned Li-ion batteries
Study of e-mobility device fire safety, in partnership with the Fire Department of New York
This is a collection of Emergency Response Guides from 35+ alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers.
This one-hour webinar will look into common best practices for responding to EV incidents.
This guide serves as a resource for emergency responders with regards to safety surrounding lithium ion Energy Storage Systems
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This one-page bulletin is intended to guide our pre-response, response and post-event responses to electrical vehicle fires.
Safety Risks to Emergency Responders from Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles
Findings/recommendations first responder safety involving high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires in electric vehicles.
The NTSB has completed its investigation of a fatal collision and post-crash fire of an electric vehicle.
Safety, Health & Survival Section Fire, Life & Safety Section

The IAFC has established a working group from multiple section leading this project is Fire and Life Safety Section (FLSS) with Safety Health and Survival Section (SHSS). Fire Chief Michael O’Brian Director for FLSS is managing these efforts, bringing together leading experts from around the US to produce a “Tool Kit”.


Richard Miller