Last Thursday, June 13, 2024, an Electric Vehicle Safety Training for First Responders was held at the New Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN. Over the course of the afternoon, approximately 15 first responders from the Red Lake Fire Department had the opportunity to learn about emergency response to EV crashes and fires to better prepare them for the increasing number of EVs hitting the road, even in rural areas like Red Lake. 

Taught by Safety and Security Consultation Specialists, LL (SASCS), a company based in southern Minnesota, the course covered a range of topics, including:

  • Types of electric vehicles
  • Electric vehicle crash & fire response 
  • Shutting down/disabling an electric vehicle
  • Emergency responder safety
  • Dispelling EV response myths 

Course participants also had the chance to see in-person under the hood and learn about the battery and disconnect systems of two different EV models: a Ford Mach-E and a Ford Lightning. 

The course was hosted by ElectricNation™, a Native-led public-private partnership working to install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), purchase EVs for Tribal fleets, and provide equitable access to clean, affordable transportation in rural, underserved Tribal communities, while growing public familiarity with clean transportation options and connecting communities with key medical, educational, and retail destinations.

Through its first project, the Upper Midwest Inter-Tribal EV Charging Community Network, Electric Nation has so far deployed four public Level 2 charging stations at the Red Lake Trading Post, the Redby Community Center, Sitting Bull College, and the Grand River Casino. Eleven new Ford EVs have also been purchased with federal cost sharing for Tribal fleets at Red Lake and Standing Rock, including several Ford Lightning trucks. 

To learn more about the project, visit electricnation.info