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Lithium-ion battery fires

Lithium-ion batteries are powering more devices than ever. From personal electronics and mobility devices (e-bikes, scooters, wheelchairs) to energy storage systems (ESS), electric vehicles and manufacturing facilities, firefighters are responding to myriad incident types that require a new approach. These calls challenge our crews, in part due to their long duration. The FireRescue1 lithium-ion battery fire resource page includes news and subject-matter expert analysis of this emerging issue.

Key factors fire departments should consider when developing procedures for EVs and other devices powered by lithium-ion batteries
Firefighters love testing new tactics and tools, but some methods simply don’t address the key issue with EV fires
Firefighter Joe Pendergas was on his way to work when he spotted smoke coming from the Staten Island apartment building
Fire in Chelsea destroyed a warehouse and several other buildings
Investigators determined that multiple lithium-ion batteries charging inside the Stacyville firehouse were the cause of the fire
Bill sets standards for batteries and firefighting equipment
The bill mandates that the U.S. establishes safety standards for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in devices like e-bikes to prevent fire risks
Artificial intelligence will require the fire service to make even more changes than the lithium-ion battery fire response crisis
The state’s fire service’s new tracking system reported 50 fires in six months, more than double the NFIRS average
Officials evacuated an area west of downtown Columbus fearing a possible explosion
The FDNY’s E-bike Task Force had previously issued multiple summons to the Brooklyn store owner
Boulder firefighters found the electric vehicle smoking and filled the box when it exploded
The Gilbert Fire & Rescue Department has created a program that helps firefighters identify homes with energy storage systems
Answering the most common questions, including how well Li-ion battery fire contaminants can be removed through PPE cleaning
With the stairs set ablaze by the burning battery, residents in the four-story building had to scale down the fire escape, FDNY said
In testimony before a House subcommittee, one fire chief stated the training alone will cost fire departments billions
San Diego firefighters said it took an “extended time” to extinguish the fire
An investigation of e-bikes at the Queens store revealed migrants in the basement, sleeping on beds, mattresses stacked floor-to-ceiling
The city has seen hundreds of fires linked to the Li-ion batteries that power electric bikes and scooters in the last few years
Report, website launched with electric vehicle, energy storage information
The U.S. fire administrator, FDNY chief fire marshal, IAFC president and FSRI executive director detailed lithium-ion battery dangers facing firefighters and the general public
Lancaster firefighters rescued three people over ladders during a fire caused by a malfunctioning battery
Firefighters, inspectors faced smoldering batteries made from cannibalized parts inside the Queens scooter shop
A lithium-ion battery in a box began to burn inside a building at the Mountain View campus
Birmingham Battalion Chief Clay Hendon said firefighters everywhere are challenged by lithium-ion battery fires
Carbon dioxide was pumped into Hold No.1 onboard the Genius Star XI as the ship stayed off the coast of Dutch Harbor
Firefighters from six departments worked to extinguish a burning Tesla on I-65 in Autauga County
U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell’s focus on consistent messaging has reached fire service organizations; the next step – firefighters