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Knowing Where Not To Puncture a Hybrid Vehicle

Many police and fire officials have expressed concerns about what to do when responding to accidents involving hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), says Richard Bettendorf, a dean of technical instruction at San Diego Miramar College.

“We now have first-response training” for HEVs, he says. “It is important for police and firemen to know where the disconnect is for high-voltage systems.”

And, if using extricating tools to remove occupants from a wrecked HEV, it's important for emergency crews to know “where not to puncture the vehicle,” says Bettendorf referring to the battery units.

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