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Emergency responders' perceptions of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle: A qualitative study on the U.K. fire and rescue services
journal contributionposted on 11.08.2021, 13:50 by Han LiHan Li, Ruth WelshRuth Welsh, Andrew MorrisAndrew Morris
Due to the fast growth of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (HFCV) market, the chances of these vehicles being involved in road crashes is also likely to increase. However, to date, studies into the Emergency Responders' perceptions of the HFCV have been limited. This paper investigates such perceptions of HFCVs through the interviews with firefighters. Through a pilot study results, initial findings suggest that firefighters are the ones who work next to the HFCV in post-crash scenarios, hence, they can provide more insightful information. As a result, 19 themes regarding their perceptions were discovered. The results show that the firefighters have different perceptions of the HFCV regarding the “economic cost”. Further analysis indicates the contradictions in their perceptions, and also shows they had more concerns about rescue-oriented safety rather than the fire-oriented safety. Finally, recommendations to address these concerns are discussed as well as the political implications of the results.
Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels at Loughborough University
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