Emergency Responders Course Overview

About the Course

The Emergency Responders Training Course is a comprehensive Emergency Response Guide (ERG) for electric and hybrid vehicles. The program is designed for fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical and towing personnel.  It is preparation for professionals encountering incidents related to hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs).

Training Goal

To educate response professionals in the rescue and safety procedures required for interaction with hybrid and electric vehicles. The course involves identifying potential hazards and emergency procedures for mitigating damage and injury.

The class will learn the skillsets necessary for dealing with electrical current, fluids and chemicals related to an electric drive train.  The course includes background theory on electrical power, including definitions and terms.  The course also includes a history and current status of vehicles and their technologies.  The course will be upgraded as new vehicles reach production and the consumer market.

Students will use basic rescue and training skills and knowledge, supplemented by the Electric Auto Shop ERG Course, to complete the training.  No special engineering skills are necessary. 

The format for this course is 22 lesson plans in a four module format with test questions and additional activities for each section. Video on DVD is used to demonstrate the hands-on activities taking place in the training. The timeline to complete the class is 12 hours.


Electric Auto Shop ERG will help response professionals identify and mitigate damage and injury related to accidents involving hybrid and electric vehicles.

  1. Students will  be able to identify the major components of an electric drive train. 
  2. Students will identify potential hazards of a compromised hybrid electric drive train. 
  3. Students will understand emergency procedures related to neutralizing the hybrid electric drive train. 
  4. Students will emerge with a better knowledge of model-specific electric vehicles and learn what to expect per incident. 
  5. At the conclusion of the course the class will have both general and model-specifc knowledge of EV technologies. 

Materials included in the curriculum:

  • Working Vehicle Component Drivetrain
  • Step-by-Step Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation Guide 
  • 22 Units in 4 Modules with ERG Lesson Plans 
  • Instructional DVD with 50 video segments
  • 86 Slide PowerPoint Presentation 
  • Training Evaluation Form 


Unit A: Hybrid / Electric Vehicle System Components

ERG Guidelines

The information in this course will allow emergency response professional to respond safely to incidents involving hybrid and electric vehicles.  These vehicles are designed with features intended to make them safe.  The course will show the response professional how to safely interact with these systems in both intact and compromised states. Response professionals should:

Always assume that high voltage is present at the incident!  

Generic Tasks Common to All Vehicles

Many emergency response procedures for electric and hybrid vehicles are the similar to those for traditional gasoline vehicles.  Specials considerations come into play for the high voltage electric systems.

Hybrids use a conventional gasoline engine in addition to an electric motor to power the vehicle. Energy comes from both gasoline (stored in liquid form in the conventional fuel tank) and electricity (stored in a series of batteries called a traction battery).

The combination of these fuels provides for increased performance by reducing emissions and improving fuel economy. High voltage systems are self contained, this means they do not have to be plugged into outlets to charge. Instead, the battery pack gets its charge form an on-board generator that recharges the batteries during driving and braking. 

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