Dear Friends:

Season’s greetings! This past year was filled with many accomplishments for the NAFTC!

In January, the Consortium beta tested its “Hybrid Safety Workshop for First Responders” in front of fifteen Morgantown, West Virginia, firemen. The two-hour workshop and Q&A session is designed to educate first responders on the extrication and safety of passengers in accidents involving hybrid vehicles. The workshop is extremely important because while hybrids are friendly to the environment, they may be dangerous for first responders and must be worked on with extreme caution at the scene of an accident.

In February, NAFTC staff, member representatives, and other representatives from NAFTC National Training Centers met in Washington, D.C., at their largest business meeting of the year. In addition to Congressional information meetings, Consortium planning and strategizing, and professional development sessions, three new members were also formally recognized as NAFTC National Training Centers: Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Washington; Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Nashville, Tennessee.

At the end of May, the NAFTC concluded its development project for Miles Automotive Group, Ltd., following months of hard work. The project involved developing service materials and training for the Miles ZX40, an all-new zero-emissions neighborhood electric vehicle.

In October, individuals across the country and abroad celebrated the third National AFV Day Odyssey. Approximately forty thousand individuals attended sixty events, and media outlets reached more than 30 million people with Odyssey’s message!

Over the course of the year, we welcomed some new faces to the NAFTC staff. Chris Metzgar came on board as our graphic designer. Julie Whiteman joined us as the Odyssey Manager. Finally, Scott Martin became our alternative fuel vehicle instructor. These new staff additions had a great impact on the Consortium thanks to their enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work.

Thank you for making 2006 a tremendously successful year for the NAFTC. Please contact us if we can be of service to you in the upcoming year, and best wishes to you for a happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Al Ebron
NAFTC Executive Director

Al Ebron



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