A fire department was forced to make this painful decision because of electric vehicles

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The electric vehicle revolution is bringing a whole new set of problems to communities across the country.

Now the public is finding out the dangers associated with these unreliable vehicles.

And a fire department was forced to make this painful decision because of electric vehicles.

Colorado fire department buys new equipment to fight dangerous electric vehicle fires

Colorado has emerged as one of the hot spots in the country for electric vehicles.

The growing number of electric vehicles on the road is creating a headache for a local fire department.

That’s why the Arvada Fire Department – in suburban Denver – bought new equipment to deal with their fires.

A turtle fire system and a special fire blanket to cover electric vehicles were purchased to prepare for their potential fires.

Electric vehicle fires are a serious problem for local fire departments to deal with compared to conventional fires.

“The battery is underneath the car and it’s difficult to get water to that area. Plus, EV fires burn much hotter, reaching temperatures of around 2,800 degrees,” CBS News reported.

A Tesla can need nearly 10,000 gallons of water to put out a battery fire, more than 10 times a typical car.

Some have needed 20,000 gallons of water to extinguish their fires.

Colorado suburb preparing for the worst-case scenario with electric vehicles

Arvada Fire Battalion Chief Jamie Dennison said that new equipment would save lives.

“Some of the nightmare scenarios is an electric vehicle fire in a parking structure and trying to protect the structure, the columns, and everything around,” Dennison said.

The turtle fire system is a giant sprinkler that releases 500 gallons of water a minute.

“It’s just an undercarriage nozzle that fits underneath the vehicle and provides water on the underside, so it’ll help cool the battery and protect the asphalt and concrete,” Dennison explained.

Dennison added that it would help slow down the release of toxic fumes released from the battery’s chemicals being burnt.

“While it continues to burn, these fires create their own oxygen, so they can be definitely challenging,” Dennison remarked.

The fire blanket covers up a burning electric vehicle to protect the area surrounding it.

“It covers the vehicle and keeps that heat and smoke contained underneath that blanket,” Dennison said.

The Arvada Fire Department hasn’t had to deal with an electric vehicle fire yet, but they’ve responded to fires from smaller lithium-ion batteries like electric scooters.

“We didn’t have any other options,” Dennison stated. “We didn’t have anything else other than putting my firefighters on hose lines, spraying water to try and protect these exposures.”

Battling electric vehicle fires is a whole new challenge for the department.

If the vehicle is away from structures and other vehicles, they could consider letting it just burn out.

Electric vehicle fires can reignite for up to a month afterward and can take hours to get under control.

Fire departments across the country have more challenges and expenses in trying to prepare to fight electric vehicle fires.

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