Mississippi State Team Hosts Starkville Fire Department

Mississippi State University (MSU) team members had the unique opportunity to host the Starkville Fire Department earlier this month. Four firemen, including Fire Chief Rodger Mann, came to the MSU Center for Advanced Vehicle Systems (CAVS) to tour the facility and learn more about EcoCAR 2.

After giving a brief presentation, the team was able to take the firemen to their car and show them around. They were very interested in the vehicle’s architecture and the necessary safety precautions first responders should take when approaching vehicle accidents involving hybrids.

Team member Stephen Hayden shows the Starkville Fire Department the MSU CAVS Chevy Malibu.

Team member Stephen Hayden shows the Starkville Fire Department the MSU CAVS Chevy Malibu.

The MSU team spent time showing the firemen the precautions we take when working on the vehicle and how these measures could apply to first responders. They were especially interested in the high voltage systems. Team member Stephen Hayden demonstrated to the firemen how the systems are marked and how other systems may be marked in similar fashion.

The team also took time to talk about the EcoCAR 2 competition with the firemen, and were able to answer all of their questions about the work involved in competition. They were genuinely interested in what the team does and asked very pertinent questions.

Everyone on the team had a great time with the firemen – they are a special group and MSU CAVS was proud to serve them in this small way!

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