In support of our nation’s roadmap to become an energy efficient vehicle (EEV) hub, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has engaged the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) personnel to conduct a High Voltage Vehicle Introduction Training.
It’s the first of its kind training programme to provide authorities with the know-hows on dealing with emergencies involving cars with high-voltage features, primarily Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
A total of 40 Bomba personnel were involved in a full day’s training that covers theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience to safely deal with HEVs and PHEVs. They were hosted at MBM’s Training Academy at Wisma MBM Puchong, Selangor. Among the cars used for the training were the S 400 h, E 350 e and C 350 e.
During an emergency/collision, all Mercedes-Benz HEVs and PHEVs will automatically cut off all electrical supply from the high-voltage battery pack. The training initiative is to impart knowledge of the unique structure and features of HEVS and PHEVs to ensure that the emergency responders are aware of the high-voltage battery and take extra precaution when carrying out rescue duties such as drilling and removal of parts.
In addition to the launch of the High Voltage Vehicle Introduction Training, MBM also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) to strengthen working ties in the area of talent development. Graduates of MAI’s Career Enhancement Programme will have accelerated application into MBM’s Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme (AMA) which will receive MAI accreditation in accordance to the MoU.