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PV 210.01 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Sytems -- Suggested Response Guidelines


Course Description

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 firefighters and commanders 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 of these installers are not familiar with fire department emergency operations procedures, and are unsure of how to present critical safety information in a manner meaningful to firefighters, during the short time periods available for training.


Course Instructors: Dan Fink, Buckville Energy Consulting


9 AM: Introduction to Firefighting (for PV Installers)
10 AM: Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems for firefighters, how to
teach it to firefighters for PV installers
11 AM - 1 PM: Renewable Energy Systems and Firefighter Safety--Suggested
Response Guidelines for both PV installers and firefighters.
1 PM-2 PM: lunch break
2 PM: new NEC 2011 code implications for PV installers and firefighters;
Q&A session
3-5 PM: Site tour of MREA renewable energy equipment, discussion and
scenarios with firefighters and PV installers



Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for additional Continuing Education Credits through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in the US and Canada, and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) internationally:  6 Credit hours  and NABCEP Continuing Education Units:  6 Credit hours





What to bring to the workshop:

Pen/Pencil & Paper



May 7th, 2011 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
1255 Deming Way
Edgewood College - Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595 ext. 112
Non-Member Price $ 110.00
Member Price $ 90.00

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