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Our life is becoming electrified by batteries more and more each day; from vehicles to everyday items that we use and depend on.  These same batteries that make our days easier can also make it a day to remember if you respond to a battery emergency. Much of the fire service is not prepared with training and knowledge to be successful when responding to these battery emergencies.  Join us as we discuss lessons learned, smart practices, and what we can do to keep our members safe while mitigating these incidents. 

- Learn whether we can/should put water on batteries or not
- Hear what outside agencies you may need for assistance
- Understand how unprepared many organizations are to respond to these electric emergencies.

When: Wed, Oct 27, 2021 · 7:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Who can attend? Everyone
Dial-in available? (listen only): Yes
Dial-in Number: Please register for this Webinar to view the dial-in info.
Featured Presenters
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Morris (Illinois) Fire Protection District, Fire Chief
He started with the Morris Fire Protection District January 1989 as a volunteer firefighter. In September of 1989, he was hired as a full-time police officer for the City of Morris. He worked full-time for the City of Morris holding the ranks of Patrolman, Corporal and Chief of Police.  On his days off from the City Police, he worked as a part-time assistant chief for the Fire District. After 23 years of service, he left the Morris Police Department and was hired as the full-time Fire Chief for the Morris Fire Protection District in July of 2012. He and his wife, Alicia, have two grown children. 
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Fire Chief, Manooka Fire Protection District
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President and CEO, Battery Innovation Center
Ben Wrightsman is a strategic global industry executive with over 22 years of experience in high-tech manufacturing, electronics, advance battery, energy economy, and product development companies. He has a passion for finding and utilizing untapped resources and capabilities within a company to open up new opportunities for growth and revenue generation along with rehabilitation.

Ben’s diverse background in executive leadership, mergers and acquisitions, research and development, new production introduction, engineering, business and product development, operations, field support, and supply chain gives him a broad range of understating to tackle problems at all levels of the organization.

Ben has held key positions with one of industry’s leading electronics contract manufacturers, large format lithium battery manufacturer, advanced energy development firm, non-profit battery commercialization center, and owns and advises multiple small business ventures/startups. His career has taken him all over the world; working, living, supporting, and building companies in the US, Mexico, Asia, Canada, and portions of Europe.

Ben attended Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in electrical engineering where he was co-captain of the Electric Jag (Indy) racecar team. He is a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt, APICS-CPIM accredited, and received Sandler President’s Sales Certification. In addition to his primary role, Ben also is on advisory boards for Indiana IoT, CareBand, Eclipse Energy Labs, EMC2 lab, and Switchback Energy.

In his spare time he enjoys off-road motorcycle adventure riding, mountain biking, and tinkering on car, home, and technology projects with his daughters.
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CEO, ESSPI (Energy Storage Safety Products International)
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German Township Fire Department
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Battalion Chief, Operations, Albemarle County (VA) Fire Rescue
Hosted By
International Association of Fire Chiefs webinar platform hosts How Electrified is Your Response Area?
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.