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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Photovoltaic Systems and Firefighter Safety

All Fire/EMS Personnel,

I’d like to thank all those that attended Arrive Alive & Survive 2015 last weekend.  On Saturday, there was a presentation on Photovoltaic (PV) Systems.  A PV system consists of photovoltaic solar panels, and other electrical components, used to capture solar energy and convert it to electrical power.  Many systems are roof mounted and may present hazards to firefighting operations.  As these systems become more prevalent in our area, it is critical that responders are aware of the dangers associated with these systems and how to properly disable them.  Firefighters can be sure that at some point in the future they will encounter a fire involving a structure with a PV system.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has an excellent training video available on Photovoltaic Systems at: http://content.learnshare.com/courses/73/352901/player.html

As indicated on the MFRI website, UL has a number of other free, on-line training courses for fire fighters. These courses cover a range of important topics which are critical to fire fighter safety. Whether it's understanding a comprehensive fire approach, learning the hazards of lightweight construction, the impact of horizontal ventilation, or how special extinguisher agents perform, these courses will provide the firefighter with an education on various fire behaviors, risks and codes. Click on the links below to access these training modules.

Please take some time to review these important training materials with your personal.

Sayshan L. Conver-White, Safety Battalion Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Dept.

Risk Management & Safety Office