While describing a car wreck in our high school yearbook, we once wrote, "Cars and trucks and things that go also stop. Sometimes with deadly results." Some of these cars are now hybrids, which require a different methodology for rescue workers attempting to extricate accident victims from vehicles with 200 to 280 volts of power coursing through cables that could be sheared in accidents.
Firefighters in Connecticut got together recently at a Toyota dealership to learn how to safely disable the electrical systems in the Japanese automaker's hybrid vehicles, which we're all for. After all, the lives of emergency personnel are hazardous enough, without having to worry about being fricaseed by an errant cut with the Jaws of Life.
Firefighters get lesson in hybrid cars [Danbury News Times]
BMW Joins Hybrid Partnership With DCX, GM [Internal]