This electric vehicle fire training teaches firefighters how to properly and safely use Rescue 42 Shark™ Step Chocks to create a fulcrum point to tip vehicles on their side. Next Level Extrication instructor, Paul Shoemaker takes firefighters through step-by-step instructions on this ev car fire technique.
In weight distribution, where’s the main part of the weight? It’s all across the bottom we’re 6,000 lbs. from here to here, so if we go to flip this car, it’s an electric vehicle with all those batteries. It’s going to stay level to the ground, equal weight distribution from right to left and front to back. It could have icy roads. You can have a lot of things going on. How can we overcome that?
How about those red shark steps?
It’s got those teeth. That’s why I like them. So, if you jam it like this as it tries to slide as you’re pulling it over with the winch that’s going to create its fulcrum point for you and dig into the concrete of the ice or whatever it might be.
What about pickets?
With the pickets, the car is flipping over like this. We can’t do a picket straight up and down. But we can do a picket across the tires and the wheels and dig it in at an angle like that. And all we’re looking for it to do is have the tires hit something.
If this thing was in free roll like a Tesla could get in free roll. Imagine that thing tethered into your winch and it decides to go into a free roll. You become the fulcrum point right over there and this thing is just going to cruise all the way around in a big circle until it slams into the rig. So, we really want to make sure we secure this in with some some cribbing before we put all that pressure on this side. Don’t forget that.