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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Resources to assist fire departments with community safety outreach and response related to lithium-ion battery incidents.


Battery fires have become one of the most challenging and perplexing incidents for the fire service in recent years. With the continued growth in the use and sale of battery-powered devices, the corresponding increase in battery fires warrants a critical conversation about how the fire service can mitigate and respond to battery fire incidents.

Hear from subject matter experts on the key concepts to consider when developing community risk reduction and response plans around lithium-ion battery fires.

Battery fire incidence overview:

Brian Metzger, fire protection engineer, USFA

Before a battery fire incident:

Adam Barowy, lead research engineer, Fire Safety Research Institute

During a battery fire incident:

Rob Rezende, battalion chief, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

During a battery fire incident:

Michael Abraham, forensic electrical engineer, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

After a battery fire incident:

Chris Myers, federal on-scene coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


USFA Podcast

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Episode 18

How the FDNY is fighting the lithium-ion battery battle

June 15, 2023

On this episode of The USFA Podcast, FDNY Chief Chief Hodgens talks about New York City's approach to mitigating residential building fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in micromobility devices.

Read or listen to Episode 18


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