OTTAWA, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is
pleased to announce that it is working on behalf of the Government of
Canada to address a gap in electric vehicle safety training for
Canadian first responders. On behalf of Natural Resources Canada's
Federal Interdepartmental Electric Vehicles Working Group, SCC has
engaged the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to adapt
training modules, used by U.S. first responders, for Canadian
With the recent growth in electric vehicles, the need to effectively
train Canadian first responders to safely handle emergency situations
has become magnified. The issue of first responder safety was
highlighted to SCC by key stakeholders as part of a broader
standardization mapping exercise.
"Making standardized electric vehicle safety training available to
Canadian first responders is an initiative of national significance,"
said John Walter, SCC Chief Executive Officer. "Given the increasing
prevalence of electric vehicles on North American roads, it is
important to take the necessary steps to keep both Canadian first
responders, and drivers, safe. We are pleased to be a facilitator and
driver of an applicable solution."
"Our government is pleased to contribute expertise to this training
initiative which will help to ensure that first responders are prepared
for the increasing use of electric vehicles in Canada," said the
Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "We are
committed to continued collaboration with governments and industry
organizations to bring electric vehicles to consumers faster and to
provide jobs and economic development for Canadians."
The training packages will be available to Canadian provinces by
mid-2013. These will include Train-the-Trainer sessions, as well as
online training and resources for Fire, Police, Emergency Medical
Services, tow truck operators and other first responders.
"Based on the success of the program in the US, we are confident this
training will be highly beneficial to our Canadian emergency
counterparts," said NFPA President James M. Shannon. "And as countries
make a stronger 'green' effort through the use of electric vehicles,
the need for this type of training will become even more essential."
A Canadian committee has been formed to review the training materials
for viability in a Canadian context. For more information about SCC's
role, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCC is a Crown corporation and a portfolio of Industry Canada. With the
goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social
well-being, SCC offers accreditation services to standards development
bodies, and coordinates the efforts of Canadians in the development and
use of national and international standards. SCC is the Canadian
member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and
sponsor of the Canadian national committee to the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For additional information on the
work of the SCC, visit www.scc.ca or email email@example.com.
SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada
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