Pilot sessions for the First Responder Safety Training, developed by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities Learning Program, are scheduled to take place at six sites across the country this fall. A map and a list detailing the pilot training sessions are provided below.
A partnership with the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities Program, the Clean Cities Learning Program will raise awareness and foster a greater understanding of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This effort will provide Clean Cities coalitions and other stakeholders with state-of-the-art curricula and training, education and outreach materials and a concentrated marketing and communications plan.
One of the most unique aspects of this project is the focus on developing a nationwide partnership between the U.S. DOE Clean Cities coalitions and NAFTC National Training Centers. This partnership will provide target audiences with awareness and technical education that encourage decisions to adopt vehicles and fuels that will significantly reduce the consumption of petroleum-based fuels.
Project year one is focusing on First Responder Safety Training, while project year two will involve Petroleum Reduction Technologies.
“Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are important for many reasons, including their potential to significantly reduce the nation’s consumption of petroleum,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. “First responders must understand the roles these fuels and technologies play. Alternative fuel vehicles, such as natural gas, propane, biodisel and ethanol vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles, such as electric drive systems, are more common on our roads today, so it is critical that emergency personnel are prepared to respond to all types of incidents involving these vehicles. Providing training to emergency personnel on how to respond to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle accidents allows them to continue saving lives without being concerned with unfamiliar automotive components.”
During the summer, the NAFTC attended Clean Cities Peer Exchange meetings in Denver (Western States) and Pittsburgh (Eastern States) and debuted the CCLP First Responder Safety Training Coordinator Presenter Guide, which instructs Clean Cities coordinators on how to garner support from key decision makers in their areas.
At the NAFTC Business and Professional Development July 15-17 in Sanford, Fla., National Training Centers participated in First Responder Safety Training train-the-trainer sessions.
In addition, a Webinar on Aug. 31 unveiled the CCLP Toolbox, an online resource that will help Clean Cities coordinators promote and plan First Responder Safety Training and other events.
All Clean Cities coordinators are invited to attend their regional pilot training session and to bring a first responder trainer as a guest. Find the training in your region by looking at the map below.