Solar & Battery First Responder Training

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is hosting training for Humboldt County first responders to effectively respond to fires at homes and businesses that have solar panels and battery storage installed. 

Save the dates:

  • April 5 – No. Humboldt – Blue Lake VFD Hall, 111 First Ave. • 9-11:00 am & 2-4:00 pm
  • April 6 – Central Humboldt – Fortuna VFD Hall, 320 So. Fortuna Blvd. • 9-11:00 am & 2-4:00 pm
  • April 7 – So. Humboldt – Location TBD • 9-11:00 am and 2-4:00 pm

Captain Richard Birt shares a bread-and-butter S.A.F.E. approach to mitigating residential, commercial and agency structure fires involving solar panel and energy storage systems.

Basic firefighter strategies and tactics needed to mitigate a structure fire have changed with the installation of thousands of solar panels and energy storage systems. As such, firefighters need updated training that addresses the presence of this technology.

For all fire agencies and Tribal fire agencies within Humboldt County. COVID protocols will be followed according to County guidelines.

  Residential solar and battery storage equipment fundamentals
  Industry-standard installation procedures
  Suppression and ventilation tactics
  How to design an incident action plan to safely respond to these technologies

More details will be posted soon. Call our office at (707) 269-1700 or email Marianne Bithell – for more information in the meantime. 


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