Motivation for Crash Course
As the number of Tesla vehicles on the roads grows, so does the chance that a first responder will need to interact with a Tesla in some capacity. Would you know what to do if you encounter an accident involving a Tesla? Do you know how and when to disable the high voltage battery? How to safely stabilize, move or tow a Tesla? Do you know how to respond to a lithium-ion battery fire? For most first responders, the answers to some or all these questions is no. Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club developed Crash Course because we recognized that to fully realize Tesla’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transport, all sectors of community need to be informed and prepared. It is important for everyone’s safety – Tesla owners and first responders alike – for first responders to know how to handle a Tesla in an emergency. That is why we offer Crash Course and why it spreads by word of mouth from one community to the next. Check out our blog post for the story of how it all started.
What is Tesla Crash Course?
Crash Course is workshop that covers a wide range of content relevant to first responders of all types: police, fire, and EMT. The workshop is divided into two parts. Part 1 starts with a slide presentation in a classroom or auditorium with opportunities to ask questions. At the end of the presentation, we use real-life scenarios to assess audience knowledge gained during the workshop. Part 2 involves hands-on interaction with Tesla vehicles to review how various components work and where they are located in all models. A handout in pdf format is provided to organizers to print and hand out to participants. Crash Course is independent of and has no affiliation to Tesla.
What topics are covered?
The content covered in a Crash Course workshop is continuously being updated to incorporate new information, for example changes to Tesla models, as it becomes relevant. The workshop encompasses the following general content areas: