Today's emergency responders face unexpected challenges as new uses of alternative energy increase. These renewable power sources save on the use of conventional fuels such as petroleum and other fossil fuels, but they also introduce unfamiliar hazards that require new fire fighting strategies and procedures. Among these alternative energy uses are buildings equipped with solar power systems, which can present a variety of significant hazards should a fire occur. This study focuses on structural fire fighting in buildings and structures involving solar power systems utilizing solar panels that generate thermal and/or electrical energy, with a particular focus on solar photovoltaic panels used for electric power generation. The safety of fire fighters and other emergency first responder personnel depends on understanding and properly handling these hazards through adequate training and preparation. The goal of this project has been to assemble and widely disseminate core principle and best practice information for fire fighters, fire ground incident commanders, and other emergency first responders to assist in their decision making process at emergencies involving solar power systems on buildings. Methods used include collecting information and data from a wide range of credible sources, along with a one-day workshop of applicable subject matter experts that have provided their review and evaluation on the topic. The Research Foundation expresses gratitude to the members of the Project Technical Panel, workshop participants, and all others who contributed to this research effort. Special thanks are expressed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, AFG Fire Prevention & Safety Grants, for providing the funding for this project through the National Fire Protection Association. The content, opinions and conclusions contained in this report are solely those of the authors. Bekijk hieronder het rapport 'Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems'
Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems