Battery Safety Science Webinar Series: Electric Vehicle Fire Data and Concerns for First and Second Responders

Battery Safety

Please join us on April 19, 2021, for this one-hour battery safety science webinar during which Bob Swaim, founder, and principal of will present “Electric Vehicle Fire Data and Concerns for First and Second Responders,” to deliver insightful data on known failures in electric vehicles (EV) and potential issues impacting firefighters, police, and other first responders.

This presentation will provide context regarding risks from different battery types by illustrating real-world data from when, where, why, and how often various EVs have caught fire. Case examples will highlight what has and has not been effective for firefighters and the risks created by EV fires and existing standards relating to EV firefighting, as well as support for potential industry improvements. These case examples may apply to vehicle designers and manufacturers, drivers and owners, salvage yards, recycling centers, and even building design.

Bob Swaim is a semi-retired engineering accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) who has extensive experience at the vehicle and laboratory levels. He retired from the NTSB after more than 31 years and has over 50 years of experience in aviation. At NTSB he was the initial Boeing 787 engineering investigator and initial partner in developing the major report about battery safety risks to emergency responders at EV fires. Bob continues to teach NTSB Academy accident investigation classes and is a member of the SAE Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Task Force, founder of, and developed and instructs EV classes for firefighters.

Electric Vehicle Fire Data and Concerns for First and Second Responders
Limited Access
19 April 2021 9:00 AM CDT

Virtual Webinar

United States