Lithium Ion Batteries: Challenges for the Fire Service

September 6-7, 2022
Event Ended

FDNY has experienced a rapid increase in the frequency of fires involving e-bikes, e-scooters and other battery-powered micromobility devices. In partnership with the FDNY Foundation, UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute and the National Fire Protection Association, FDNY invites you to learn about the technology, associated hazards and lessons learned from responding to and mitigating these incidents.

On September 6th and 7th, 2022, FDNY will host a symposium to review the emerging threat of Li-ion battery fires and the challenges posed in fighting fires involving this technology. Fire severity, rapid fire spread and atmospheric toxicity, combine to pose a growing threat to the public and numerous challenges to firefighting operations. A developing understanding of this hazard and its impact on the fire environment is forcing the FDNY to create “best-practices” and modify firefighting operations in real time. This symposium is intended to serve as a forum to share knowledge on this evolving fire service issue.

The program will focus primarily on self-powered mobility device battery fires. In addition to discussing evolving firefighting and post-fire operational procedures, the conference will examine fire case studies, contemplate on-going and needed research, and consider fire reporting and legislative concerns. Presentations will be complemented by live fire and operational demonstrations, the review of actual Li-ion equipment and Li-ion battery cells and modules. Tours of the world renown FDNY Fire Academy will be available.

Breakfast and lunch provided.
Transportation provided from the hotel to Symposium.

TRANSPORTATION: The buses will be arriving at the Hilton Garden Inn, 237 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 at 0545 for a 0600 departure time to the FDNY Training Academy and will return back to the Hilton Garden Inn at the end of the symposium. There will be parking available for anyone not taking the bus.

CHECK-IN: Check-in and breakfast will take place in building 11 from 0700-0800, with the program running from 0800-1630. The attire for the symposium is business casual or Class B uniforms (No PPE is required).

The event is currently full. Please check back if more spots become available.

Thank you for your support of the FDNY Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.