September 14, 2004

Toyota trains firefighters on hybrid vehicle safety

Torrance, California – As more gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles become available,
educating emergency response professionals about the new technology is taking on a
new urgency. Toyota is currently developing and distributing instruction manuals and
conducting training exercises to ensure the facts about hybrids are widely

Toyota recently trained more than 400 Orange County firefighters on hybrid and
battery electric vehicle safety. The firefighters received a comprehensive overview
of how hybrids work followed by hands-on demonstrations. The two Toyota Prius’ and a
RAV4-EV that were displayed for twelve days helped firefighters get better
acquainted with the vehicles.

“Sales of Toyota Prius’ are about to top 100,000 units we’re set to launch two new
hybrid models, the Lexus RX 400h and Highlander Hybrid,” said Jim Moran, Los Angeles
region technical service and training manager for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “So
it’s very important that emergency response professionals feel comfortable with the
new technology and learn to work safely with the vehicles.”

The Toyota Prius was designed with numerous safeguards to help ensure safe operation
for drivers and protection of emergency response professionals in the event of an
accident. Toyota’s Emergency Response Guides (ERG) are available on-line (at

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