Area Firefighters Train to Deal With Solar Panel Fires
Published November 5th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- It's a bright idea but one that is also a risky one for firefighters in North Central Florida.
Solar panels are growing in popularity but fires like the one in Butler Plaza yesterday have added dangers thanks to the energy savers.
Gainesville Fire Rescue Captain Joseph Hillhouse says his men and women are constantly training to deal withany new risks,
"A couple years our Risk Management Bureau identified that we there were a large number of solar panels going up in the city of Gainesville and that was along the same time that our Training Bureau identified that this was a new technology.
The two bureaus got together to form an online and hands on training sequence.
They focused on techniques like putting out solar panel flames using dry chemical extinguisher rather than water.
A fire investigator with GFR has determined that Monday's fire was not suspicious in nature.
That investigator is working with a team of engineers to pinpoint an exact cause of the fire.
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