With the number of hybrid vehicles appearing on the road rising the likelihood of one being involved in an accident is also increasing, so emergency service personnel are trying to stay abreast of how to safely rescue someone from a car with several power sources on board.
The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad training officers and staff members of Mudgee Toyota hosted an information evening for rescuers on the intricacies of electric and hybrid vehicles.
And the cautions needed to be taken if one of these vehicles is involved in an accident.
Craig McGrath and Leon Wilson brought three types of hybrid vehicles to the meeting; starting from the early model through to the latest vehicle from their showroom.
They carefully described the power systems to the assembled rescuers and explained the dangers that would occur in the event of an accident and what needs to be done to render the vehicle safe to work on and for the extrication of trapped drivers and passengers.
The men from Toyota shared their expertise on hybrid vehicles and kept personnel interested in what will be the future of vehicles and drew operational questions from the group.
The Rescue Squad hosted other emergency services for the evening, with Coolah Rescue in attendance as well as Mudgee Fire and Rescue and members of the Rural Fire Service.
The Squad and visiting crews thanked the guest speakers for their talk and demonstration and hope another evening could be organised to dig deeper into what the future holds for motor vehicles.
The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad meets and trains every second Monday evening, interested visitors and potential members are welcome.