FDNY Symposium

Lithium Ion Batteries: Challenges for the Fire Service

September 6-7, 2022
Registration Open

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.

The event is currently full. Please check back if more spots become available. If you have any questions or would like to be placed on waiting list please contact [email protected]

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