Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems

Report Date: October 2013

One of the many risks inherent to fire ground operations is the risk of electrical shock. Traditionally, this risk has been mitigated by shutting off the electrical utilities to the structure. With the increased prominence of alternative sources of energy such as photovoltaic power systems, however, it is not always so straightforward. A photovoltaic system can remain inconspicuously energized as long as it is exposed to sunlight or flames. This paper from the National Fire Protection Agency’s Fire Protection Research Foundation gives a background on solar power systems and compiles best practices information for the fire service for fighting fires involving solar power systems.


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Grant, Casey C. Fire Fighter Safety and Response for Solar Power Systems. Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fire Protection Agency. 2013. Retrieved from

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