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As technology evolves, fire officials said it's crucial that departments keep a dialogue with automakers regarding vehicle safety.

In Auburn Hills, Macias said his department received product-specific emergency response guidelines -- specifically, Power Points about self-driving vehicles.

"The more that we can work together and give them ideas about how we might be able to mitigate the incident without causing them more cost on production ... the safer we will be," Macias said.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said his department puts a big emphasis on continuing education.

McAdams said Warren fire personnel attended a class put on by Macomb Community College in 2017 that used General Motors and other brands' electric vehicles to teach firefighters best responses to accidents involving these types of cars.

The department also plans to put personnel through another hands-on training session in late summer or early fall, which McAdams said will be incorporated into their annual classroom training schedule.

R.C. Riesterer, Troy assistant fire chief and fire marshal, said first responders need to be nimble as technology evolves.

 

Canto echoed this, and said alternative fuel vehicles, like electric cars, have pushed fire departments to change.

"We have to adapt to what the future brings us," Canto said.

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