Conference to cover hybrid car safety for first responders


Reporter- Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist- Randall Barnes

Paducah- When Paducah Fire Lt. Ryan Johnston arrives on the scene of a car accident, now in addition to quickly surveying the situation, counting victims, and gauging injuries, he's also checking to see if the car involved is a hybrid.

"We're seeing more and more of them coming about and you're seeing more vehicle companies starting to produce electrical cars," he said. He added that's not a problem, it's just that it's different trying to save someone from a hybrid car than any other car.

"Hybrid cars run on electricity," he said. "They have high voltage lines that run through the cars and if it comes down to rescue and extraction equipment, we have to take precautions when cutting into those vehicles."

Johnston has never been offered a class, until now and it's coming to Paducah.

The Paducah Fire Prevention Division Conference for Electrical Building, and Fire Professionals will be held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center on October 25 from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. It's a free event with two other classes available.

There are also classes about electrical codes and residential energy inspections.

Deadline to register is Wednesday October 23. Anyone interested can fill out a registration form or call (270) 444-8527.