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Bisbee Fire Department gets a quick lesson on electric cars

Shar Porier • Jerry Asher, owner of an electric 2011 Nissan Leaf named Spirit of Arizona, offers some tips to Bisbee firefighters Clarence Hickman and Matt Fimbres on dealing with electric cars in accidents.

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BISBEE — Though the Bisbee Fire Department personnel have studied how to handle a wrecked electric vehicle, the firefighters actually had no hands-on training.

So, on Saturday Jerry Asher, an electric vehicle owner and promoter, brought his 2011 Nissan Leaf, named The Spirit of Arizona, to the station on Highway 92 to show the men how it works and what to expect when they come upon a wreck involving an EV.

One of the first things to do is to keep the car from moving, Asher explained to firefighters Matt Fimbres and Clarence Hickman. That can be done by getting the charger out of the trunk of the car and plugging one end into the charging plug on the front of the car.


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