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GB/T 38283-2019
ICS 43.020
T 09
Guidance for Electric Vehicles
Fire Fighting and Emergency Rescue
Issued by: State Administration for Market Regulation;
Standardization Administration of PRC.
Table of Contents
Foreword ... 3
1 Scope ... 4
2 Normative References ... 4
3 Terms and Definitions ... 4
4 Basic Principles ... 5
5 Vehicle Identification ... 6
6 Vehicle Fixing ... 6
7 Turn-off the Power ... 7
8 Collision Rescue ... 7
9 Waters Accident Rescue ... 9
10 Fire Extinguishing ... 11
11 Accident Rescue under Charging ... 12
This Standard was drafted as per the rules specified in GB/T 1.1-2009.
This Standard was proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of
This Standard shall be under the jurisdiction of National Technical Committee for
Standardization of Automobile (SAC/TC 114).
Drafting organizations of this Standard: Shanghai Fire Research Institute of Ministry of
Public Security; China Automotive Technology & Research Center Co., Ltd.; Beijing
Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd.; BYD Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.; Technical Center for
SAIC Motor Corporation Limit; Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.; Fire
Department of Ministry of Public Security; China FAW Group Co., Ltd.; Pan Asia
Technical Automotive Center Co., Ltd.; and Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd.
Chief drafting staffs of this Standard: Cai Liying, He Ning, Li Peng, Fu Hedong, Lu
Chun, Liu Guibin, Xue Lin, Zhang Yongfeng, Huang Hao, Tan Yi, Zhang Lei, Liu
Chaohui, Fu Jiewen, Song Fang, Wu Pei, and Huang Dongyi.
Guidance for Electric Vehicles
Fire Fighting and Emergency Rescue
1 Scope
This Standard gives guidance on the fire fighting and emergency rescue in the event
of a fire, collision, or water bubble for an electric vehicle.
This Standard is applicable to the full-time rescue personnel for emergency rescue
against the pure electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles.
This Standard is inapplicable to the emergency rescue of the fuel cell electric vehicles.
2 Normative References
The following documents are essential to the application of this document. For the
dated documents, only the versions with the dates indicated are applicable to this
document; for the undated documents, only the latest version (including all the
amendments) are applicable to this document.
GB/T 5907 (all parts) Fire Protection Vocabulary
GB/T 19596 Terminology of Electric Vehicles
GA/T 1276 Guidelines for Extricating Trapped Persons in Road Traffic Accidents
3 Terms and Definitions
For the purpose of this document, the terms and definitions given in GB/T 5907 and
GB/T 19596 and the following apply.
3.1 Offensive attack
When a person is trapped or the high-voltage battery does not catch fire, an offensive
fire extinguishing tactic is adopted under the condition of good personal protection.
3.2 Defensive attack
When the high-voltage battery is ignited and no one is trapped, a defensive fire
extinguishing tactic is adopted under the insufficient fire-extinguishing conditions.
4 Basic Principles
4.1 Evaluation
When an electric vehicle occurs a disaster accident, it is necessary to firstly evaluate
the scene; and judge the damage of the accidental vehicle’s power battery and high-
voltage electrical system and the risk factors and consequences of explosion and
combustion caused by the power battery through external observation and instrument
monitoring. Prepare for the accident rescue.
4.2 Alert
4.2.1 For the accident scene, first of all, it is necessary to consider the situation of the
scene; determine the alert range; and set up alert signs.
4.2.2 A working area is usually set within 10m around the accidental vehicle; irrelevant
vehicles, people, and vessels are prohibited from entering as far as possible. An
operating area is set within 5m; and only rescue personnel directly responsible for
treating or rescuing the trapped are allowed to enter.
4.2.3 It is necessary to continuously monitor flammable and toxic gases; monitor the
temperature of the power battery part of the accidental vehicle; and adjust the alert
range in a timely manner.
4.3 Leakage disposal
4.3.1 When any liquid other than the electrolyte leaks from the vehicle, it shall be
disposed of in accordance with the fuel vehicle disposal method.
4.3.2 When the electrolyte leaks, there is a large amount of toxic gas overflowing. It is
necessary to wear a full set of respiratory protective equipment and control the external
fire source to avoid the electrolyte being ignited.
4.3.3 If possible, it is advisable to use an adsorbent material to collect the electrolyte
as much as possible to prevent it from polluting the environment.
4.4 Rescue personnel capabilities and equipment
4.4.1 Technical capabilities
Rescuers need to be familiar with electric vehicles and their structures; and receive
relevant training to quickly cut off power and avoid the threat of high voltage electricity
at the scene of the accident.
4.4.2 Personal protective equipment
In the event of an electric vehicle accident, especially when the battery is damaged or
burned, in addition to the danger of electric shock, a large amount of toxic and harmful
gases shall be released. To ensure the safety of rescuers, personal protective
equipment shall be worn as follows:
a) When dealing with fire accident, rescuers shall wear full sets of personal
protective equipment and respiratory protective equipment as much as possible;
b) When dealing with collisions and wading accidents, rescuers shall wear a full set
of electrical insulation equipment as much as possible; and wear the necessary
water rescue protective equipment for water rescue.
5 Vehicle Identification
5.1 Vehicle external sign identification
5.1.1 Vehicle number plate identification
If the vehicle number plate is not damaged, the national electric vehicle number plate
rules can be used to identify whether the accidental vehicle is electric vehicle, such as
a green number plate.
5.1.2 Electric vehicle identification
The vehicle can be determined whether it is an electric vehicle by observing the body,
especially if there is an electric vehicle sign on the trunk lid at the rear, such as “EV”,
“Hybrid”, “electric vehicle”, and “hybrid power”.
5.2 Vehicle internal sign identification
5.2.1 The position of high-voltage components and power-off switches can be known
in advance based on vehicle information.
5.2.2 When operating the vehicle, firstly observe the conditions of the high-voltage/low-
voltage cables or components; especially the orange high-voltage cables or
components. At the same time, other related sings need to be checked.
6 Vehicle Fixing
6.1 Fixing wheels
It should be according to the state and location of the accidental vehicle, reasonably
adopt short-feet, long-feet and other stable technologies; use supporting rods and
other equipment to effectively stabilize the vehicle body; create safe operating
conditions; and effectively prevent the vehicle from moving.
6.2 Vehicle braking device
According to the braking devices of different vehicles, make sure that the vehicle is
parked as much as possible.
7 Turn-off the Power
7.1 Automatic power-off
Turn-off the vehicle start switch; it is better to put the key of the vehicle with automatic
start function into signal shielding bag or place it 10m away from the accidental vehicle.
7.2 Manual power-off
Most vehicles are designed with a safety system that automatically powers off in the
event of a collision; but in order to ensure that the power line is in a power outage to
prevent secondary accidents and avoid secondary injuries to the trapped or the
rescuers, it is important to ensure the accidental vehicle is manual power-off after the
automatic power-off. Firstly, find out the location to cut off the low-voltage power supply,
cut off the low-voltage line; and cut off the power line according to the emergency
rescue instructions.
8 Collision Rescue
8.1 Disposal procedures
The rescue and disposal procedures of the electric vehicle collision accident are as
a) Set up alert signs;
b) Identify the vehicle, determine the rescue plan after evaluation;
c) Prepare for the safety protection of the rescuers properly;
d) Fix the vehicle and cut off the power before operation;
e) Ensure the locations of the high-voltage battery and components;
f) Personnel research and recue; and vehicle disposal;
g) Site cleaning.
8.2 Personnel research and rescue
8.2.1 At the scene of the collision, when someone is trapped in the vehicle, it is
necessary to fully consider the possible risk factors in the rescue procedures and
determine the rescue plan.
8.2.2 It should be according to the relevant requirements of GA/T 1276, and develop
the rescue channels.
8.2.3 If necessary, use fire-fighting filtering integrated gas masks or air respirators to
provide respiratory protection for the trapped personnel and rescue personnel. When
the battery has electrolyte leakage, fire, smoke or bubble, etc., open the windows and
the trunk to ventilate; prevent a large accumulation of smoke. If the scene ventilation
conditions are poor, adopt the artificial blasting and use exhaust air from the exhaust
machine to disperse the toxic gas on the scene.
8.2.4 When using equipment of demolition, lifting, support, traction and other
equipment for rescue, it is necessary to avoid high-voltage electrical cables and power
batteries, and adopt reasonable rescue methods to rescue the distressed people from
the predicament.
8.2.5 For passenger cars that collided or tipped over, the manual emergency switch
on the side of the door can be opened manually to open the escape channel; when the
door can’t be opened, the door and window shall be quickly dismantled to rescue the
trapped person.
8.2.6 According to the trapped state, injured part, etc. of the trapped person, cooperate
with the medical emergency personnel to take corresponding rescue measures;
maintain vital signs and eliminate the risks of electric shock and leakage in a timely
manner. The rescued personnel must be rescued by medical emergency personnel.
8.3 Vehicle disposal
8.3.1 In order to avoid injury to the trapped personnel and rescue personnel caused
by splashing of electrolyte of power battery; use fire blanket to cover from outside the
batter box as far as possible.
8.3.2 In order to avoid the possible danger of electric shock, do not touch the damaged
battery system during the dismantling process; and do not use tools to cut the high-
voltage power supply lines or penetrate the high-voltage power supply system
8.3.3 For the vehicles that are powered off, use the following demolition tools such as
toothless saws, expanders, tractors, pneumatic cutters, two-wheel special cutters,
hydraulic shears, hydraulic ejectors, etc. to dismantle the deformed vehicle shell and
rescue the trapped person.
8.3.4 When performing the operations such as dismantling the accidental vehicle, it is
necessary to dynamically observe the state of the power battery. For vehicles with
damaged batteries, rescuers need to observe the damaged battery throughout the
process and use thermal imaging cameras, thermometers and other equipment to
monitor the battery temperature in real time. Once it is found that the internal
temperature of the battery rises sharply or there is smoke release; there is a danger of
burning or exploding. It is necessary to stop the operation immediately and cover it
with a spray water gun to prevent sudden accidents from threatening the safety of the
trapped and rescuers.
8.3.5 For fuel leakage caused by the accident, foam shall be sprayed to cover the
leakage area during demolition period; prevent the fuel vapor from exploding due to
metal collision or spark generated during demolition.
8.4 Site cleaning
8.4.1 After the disaster accident disposal is over, it is advisable to inspect and clean
the site comprehensively and carefully; hand it over to the owner of the vehicle and the
relevant department. Count the personnel and arrange the equipment when
evacuating the site.
8.4.2 Remind the owner and relevant department to properly handle the damaged
battery; reasonably ado the transferring method to prevent the accidental vehicle from
catching fire during the transferring period and later standing.
8.4.3 Before fully discharging the high-voltage battery, place the vehicle 15m away
from the building and other vehicles as far as possible. When the conditions can’t be
satisfied, the vehicle should be placed in a relatively closed and safe area to avoid the
damage to the surrounding buildings and vehicles.
8.4.4 When transferring the vehicle, it can’t be towed directly. It should be transferred
according to the transferring requirements of electric vehicle; otherwise, forcible towing
the drive wheels shall cause a fire in the high-voltage battery system.
9 Waters Accident Rescue
9.1 Disposal procedures
The disposal and rescue procedures for electric vehicle water accidents are as follows:
a) Identify the vehicles, investigate environmental conditions, and determine the
rescue plans after evaluation;
b) Prepare for protecting the safety of the rescuers properly;
c) Determine the locations of the high-voltage battery and components;
d) Rescue the trapped persons;
e) If no one is trapped, directly dispose the vehicle;
f) Clean up the site.
9.2 Investigation
The investigation shall include the following contents:
a) Water temperature, depth, water surface width, water flow direction, shore
topography, etc.; understand the situation of the accident site and surrounding
roads, traffic, water sources, etc.;
b) The location, quantity and casualties of the persons in distress;
c) Through external observation, judge the damage of the accidental vehicle power
battery and high-voltage electric system;
d) Assess the manpower, equipment and other resources required for on-site
rescue and disposal;
e) Prepare for protecting the safety of the rescuers; conduct personnel search and
f) Find out the traction site and traction path of the vehicle; and clarify the safe area
of the vehicle parking;
g) Transfer a large crane to the site and lift the falling vehicle onto the road.
9.3 Personnel search and rescue
9.3.1 On the scene of a water accident, when a person is trapped in the vehicle, it is
necessary to analyze the situation on the scene; fully consider the possible risk factors
in the rescue process, and determine the rescue plan.
9.3.2 Break the vehicle window or open the vehicle door, rescue the person in the
vehicle; the rescued personnel shall be delivered to the medical emergency personnel
for rescue.
9.4 Vehicle disposal
9.4.1 During the disposal of the vehicle, it is necessary to avoid contact with high-
voltage components, cables, or power-off switches, etc. to prevent possible electric
shock hazards.
9.4.2 It should be handed over to a qualified agency to carry out vehicle salvage
according to the vehicle waters rescue requirements.
9.4.3 After the vehicle is salvaged to the road, the vehicle shall be disposed of in
accordance with the requirements of 8.3.
9.5 Site cleaning
Clean up the site in accordance with the requirements of 8.4.
10 Fire Extinguishing
10.1 Disposal procedures
The rescue and disposal procedures of fire accident are as follows:
a) Set up alert signs;
b) Identify the vehicle; determine the fire extinguishing plan after the assessment;
c) Prepare for protecting the rescuers;
d) Fix the vehicle after the fire is extinguished;
e) If necessary, power off;
f) Site cleanup.
10.2 Fire extinguishing agent
10.2.1 When no open flame occurs to the high-voltage battery, the fire can be
extinguished in accordance with traditional vehicle fire disposal methods.
10.2.2 When a high-voltage battery catches fire, the use of a large amount of fire-
fighting water can reduce the temperature of the battery and its inside, which can
effectively prevent combustion and prevent re-ignition. Therefore, it is necessary to
use a large amount of continuous fire-fighting water, for instance, when extinguishing
the fire of the battery equipped in the passenger car, more than 10t shall be ensured
for the fire-fighting water.
10.3 Fire-extinguishing tactics
10.3.1 Offensive attack When someone is trapped or the high-voltage battery does not catch fire, an
offensive attack must be selected. Do not pierce, cut, pry, or dismantle the structure of the vehicle in order to
spray the fire extinguishing agent into the battery smoothly. Do not use tools to pierce the hood to avoid severe electric shock from
penetrating high-voltage components in the engine area. If the high-voltage battery area catches fire, a thermal camera should be used
to monitor the battery area temperature to prevent re-ignition.
10.3.2 Defensive attack When the high-voltage batter is burning, no one is trapped and there is no-
enough water, defensive attack may be used. When it is difficult for the fire extinguishing agent to reach the combustion unit
of the battery, it is possible to control the scene and stabilize the combustion. Any person who is not wearing a self-contained air respirator should be placed
in the upstream direction of the fire as far as possible to avoid inhaling the toxic
substances in the smoke.
10.3.3 Operation without open flame
When there is no open flame in the battery accident, and a large amount of white
smoke comes out, after ensuring that other intact batteries are unloaded from the
vehicle, it is necessary to adopt a large amount of continuous water to spray on the
smoking areas to reduce the impact of the toxic and harmful gas on the surrounding
10.4 Site cleanup
After the fire is extinguished, fix and power off the vehicle; clean up the site in
accordance with the requirements of 8.4.
11 Accident Rescue under Charging
11.1 In order to avoid secondary disasters, the location of the power supply to the
charging station must first be determined and switched off.
11.2 On the premise of ensuring the personal safety, firstly, disconnect the charging
device from the vehicle. Use the measures such as unplugging the charging gun of the
electric vehicle or cutting the charging cable; then perform the fire extinguishing and
emergency rescue in accordance with the above procedures.
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