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Local Nissan dealers Trenton visited Calvert Lane Fire Station in Hull earlier today to help Red Watch with their RTC training.

The new Nissan LEAF was brought down so the watch could better understand the workings of an electric vehicle and identify and isolate the power supply quickly in the event of it being involved in a road traffic collision.

The firefighters were surprised by the lack of engine noise which could be hazardous at an incident if it is not easy to establish whether the engine is still running.

Watch Manager Craig Sharkett is continually looking at ways to improve the skills of his team and cutting the power from an electric car will make any collision scene safer for casualties, crews and other emergency services such as paramedics.

‘One of the first things we need to consider at an RTC is whether the power supply to all vehicles involved is isolated. It has been really useful for the watch to see this new vehicle up close and understand the keyless ignition system and the workings of the multiple batteries,” Craig added.