In the past, only firefighters in remote or rural areas ever expected to see renewable energy systems during emergency responses. Today, the proliferation of grid-tied photovoltaic systems in urban, suburban, and wildland/urban interface areas means that all firefighters and their commanders stand a good chance of encountering these systems at any time and any place. Very few in the Fire Service are aware of the special safety precautions needed when operating near renewable energy systems, and this information is critical to their safety.
In addition, professional renewable energy installers are receiving a rapidly increasing number of requests for PV safety education from their local fire departments. However, most installers are not familiar with fire department emergency operations procedures, are unsure of how to present critical safety information in a manner meaningful to firefighters during the short time periods available for training, and are unaware of current Fire Service standard operating guidelines for emergency responses involving renewable energy systems.
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