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Hybrid car training for Bendigo

By: Leith Hillard

Category: Training & Recruitment

  4.25 PM 15 July, 2013

Location: District 2 News

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Bendigo Toyota opened up its service department so firefighters from Bendigo Fire Station D shift could learn more about hybrid vehicles.

Toyota master technician Jim Hickson is also the captain of all-volunteer Woodvale Fire Brigade. He teamed up with CFA motor vehicle awareness trainer Rob Waterson to lead career firefighters through a demonstration that focused on the Prius and Camry.

“Hybrids are very quiet,” explained Rob, “so it’s important to be aware that the car might still be in Drive after an accident. They have 600 volts of power so our members need to know where to find the fuse and disconnect the battery – and different models have different battery locations.

“The electrical cables running from the battery to the alternator are bright orange so if you see them, you know you’re dealing with a hybrid. Members need to know where and how to cut them.”

The information session looks at dedicated Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered vehicles, petrol / LPG powered, electric / petrol and Liquid Natural Gas powered vehicles are discussed and how to deal with them when they are involved in an accident.

CFA has already taken about 120 local volunteers through the training this year in a program that has been running for four years.

It’s ideal for CFA members to be shown around hybrid vehicles by someone who also knows his way around a fire truck and the complexity of road accident rescue.

Captain Jim Hickson’s brigade on the Loddon Valley Highway attends an average of 17 incidents a year including motor vehicle accidents.

“We have too many accidents involving people heading north to go fishing,” said Jim.

Bendigo Toyota Dealer Principal Paul DeAraugo says his dealership is proud to work in conjunction with CFA members.

“It means a lot to be able to help out those serving our local community.”

Last Updated: 16 July 2013