Do you know what Photovoltaic (PV) is?
What are the safety hazards with PV?
What tactics should be used at fires with PV present?
How do I secure utilities on a PV system?
If you are not able to answer these questions, then hopefully this post can give you the sources to gain the knowledge to this modern fire ground hazard.
The U.S. solar market had its second largest quarter in history. The industry installed 832 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity, up 15% over deployment levels in Q1 2013. The utility PV market drove much of the growth in Q2 2013 with over 450 MW of projects commissioned in the quarter. The overall solar electric market remains on pace for another record year, with 4,400 MW of PV and over 900 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) projected to come online in 2013.
This growth increases the potential of your fire department responding to a building with PV, irrespective of the PV being involved with the initiation of the fire event.
3 basic types of PV:
Free Training Videos:
Free Online Module:
Every Incident Commander, Company Officer and firefighter will greatly enhance their safety by taking this online class. UL has developed an online interactive training module. The program includes a professionally narrated description of all of the experiments, their results and the tactical considerations. Experimental video is used and graphical data is explained in a way that brings science to the street level firefighter. (Click on photo for module)
California Fire – Office Of State Fire Marshal has provided coursework for how firefighters can better understand and respond to these incidents. Download Course Information.
This brochure from Duke Energy is designed for fire personnel responding to a fire where rooftop- and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed.
Hands-On Training Company:
Green Maltese PV links:
Please share this information with your crews
Thanks Lt. John Shafer