School Buses Make the Change to Electric- Fire Safety

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2021 - Vehicle fires are fairly common, about 1 in 3 fire department calls are vehicle related. As electric vehicles become more popular, fire departments are realizing that fighting vehicle fires require a different approach.

    Biden's Green Deal will require school buses to be all electric by 2030. It is crucial for the electric school bus market to prepare to implement the NTSB recommendations from 2019. The NTSB recommendations state that at minimum an Automatic Fire Suppression System should be onboard to address engine compartment fires. These recommendations were made with a mostly diesel school bus fleet, but they could be more important than ever during the switch to an all electric school bus fleet.

    Many AFSS are not equipped to handle A, B, and C fires. Electric Vehicles propose new issues when it comes to dealing with fire. During a crash, if the battery is punctured it can explode. EV fires often begin as an electrical fire. Some AFSS use pressurized hoses and a liquid which is not rated for electrical fires. These types of systems could actually cause more damage and present new dangers on electric vehicles.

    A company called FireGator™ has a potassium based suppressing agent that is nonconductive and noncorrosive. This suppressing agent is rated for A, B, and C fires. FireGator™ has a Preassembled Automatic Fire Suppression Kit that makes it very simple to install and inspect. A green LED is mounted on the dash and tells the user that the system is functioning.

    As the electric school bus fleet population grows, the fire suppression industry is growing and changing with it.

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