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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LACFD: LOOK BEFORE YOU CUT: L.A. COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO ENSURE SAFE PATIENT EXTRICATION

 Los Angeles County Fire Department


MEDIA ADVISORY
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CONTACT:  FIRE CAPTAIN TOM RICHARDS

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (323) 881-2411

Date:  February 20, 2013
FIRE CHIEF DARYL L. OSBY
1320 N. Eastern Avenue
Los AngelesCA   90063


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  Contact:    Maria Grycan
                                                                                                                                                (213) 247-7298

LOOK BEFORE YOU CUT:
L.A. COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES
TO ENSURE SAFE PATIENT EXTRICATION

WHAT:           With so many hybrid and electric vehicle models now on the road, their almost silent operation and interior high-voltage power lines pose increasing challenges to firefighters when rescuing victims during traffic collisions. To preserve their own personal safety and the safety of victims who may be trapped inside these types of vehicles, County firefighters will train on different models to learn more details about each vehicle’s specific design and how to avoid dangers during extrication. 

WHO:             Engine Companies from LACoFD’s Battalion 5 Fire Stations
§         Serving the Cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, MalibuWestlake Village and the unincorporated communities throughout the western Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area.
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Representatives
§         Up to 10 manufacturers representing various vehicle models, including Ford, Toyota, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and Hyundai.
                                   
WHEN:          Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Fire Station 89, 29575 Canwood StreetAgoura HillsCA 91301
(Thomas Guide 557 J-5)

VISUALS:     Vehicle extrication demonstrations throughout the day.

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