Plainfield, Illinois (PRWEB) November 06, 2011
Electric hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more common on the roads today and with the more frequent occurrences of these vehicles’ drivers needing emergency service comes the need for education.
Recently Bill Jacobs Chevrolet Plainfield- one of the leading Chevy dealerships in Plainfield, Illinois sponsored an event in which 35 to 40 people gathered for three days to dismantle a vehicle from the ground up. On October 25-27th at the new Plainfield firehouse at 23748 135th Street, Plainfield firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics learned about how to properly dismantle the new 2011 hybrid electric Chevy Volt.
While similar training sessions are being conducted and sponsored by General Motors throughout the country and in the city of Chicago, Bill Jacobs Plainfield’s service manager, Daniel Exstrom decided that this training needed to be brought to Plainfield area emergency responders.
Exstrom was contacted by the Plainfield Fire Department about the new electric vehicles and decided to take the training into his own hands.
“I contacted GM and asked them to send me as much information about this vehicle for first responders that they had available,” Exstrom said. “They sent me some training modules and a video and I took the initiative to study it for several days.”
“This is a hybrid, super 360-volt electric vehicle with a huge battery,” he added. “In an emergency situation or vehicle accident, you don’t want to cut the wrong cable.”
Exstrom felt that this training would be a good way for Bill Jacobs Plainfield to give back to the community. The dealership and Exstrom felt that if they could do something to ensure that if people who buy these vehicles are ever in a crash, they would receive the best safety available.
During the three day training exercises, Exstrom was accompanied by several different mechanics and he plans to reach out to other local communities to offer the course.