The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium is completing its pilot end-user training sessions for the First Responder Safety Training, developed as part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, funded by the U.S Department of Energy Clean Cities Program.

Utah Clean Cities and Utah Valley University’s First Responder Safety Training workshop kicked off the series of pilot trainings. This training was held Oct. 6-7 on the UVU campus in Orem, Utah. Attendees at the interactive two-day workshop included firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, highway patrol troopers and local private fleets from northern Utah.

Chuck Gee, instructor at Weber State University; Paul Bean, training instructor for UVU; and Mark Olance, former NAFTC assistant director of training and curriculum development, made presentations to the group.

Breakout sessions featured Gordon Larsen from Questar Gas Company and Merritt Norton from CH4 Energy, both of whom discussed compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the attendees.

In addition, Robin Erickson, southern director of Utah Clean Cities, provided an overview of the Clean Cities Program. After the training, Erickson said the first responders received the training positively, commenting on the in-depth information and advanced training program provided to them.

“We are excited about providing this educational training to the first responders in Utah,” Erickson noted. “Bringing this advanced, detailed and in-depth information to our state will keep our first responders in the know of all the alternative fuels technology and show them how to react to an emergency.”


First Responder Safety Training attendees participate in the pilot training session at Utah Valley University. Credit: Utah Clean Cities

On Nov. 3-4, Clean Communities of Central New York and Onondaga Community College hosted the next pilot training session at OCC in Syracuse, N.Y. CCCNY Coordinator Barry Carr organized the event, which featured instruction by Olance and OCC Automotive Department Chairperson Gary Ruebsamen.

“Having vehicles available at our facility (hybrid, compressed natural gas, electric and propane) was a valuable addition and made for a great spot to spend our break periods,” Carr noted. “An added benefit to the course is that all of these public servants are now going to carry the message of the importance of using alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicles back to their superiors, who, in most cases, are elected officials. This is a great way to leverage the information to others and, at the same time, create additional interest in the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities program.”

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition and Ivy Tech Community College hosted a workshop Nov. 15-16 at Ivy Tech in Lafayette, Ind. Ivy Tech faculty member Reed Cooper taught the Biofuels and Biofuel Vehicles and Gaseous Fuels and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles modules, while Automotive Technology Program Chair and Associate Professor Eric Erskin covered the Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles and Electric Drive Vehicles modules. GICCC Executive Director Kellie Walsh and Communications Coordinator Cris Dorman worked with Ivy Tech to coordinate and conduct the training.

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt attended the Nov. 19-20 pilot session at Yuba College in Marysville, Calif. Hosted by Yuba College and Sacramento Clean Cities, the workshop featured instruction by Yuba faculty members Bruce Crosby and Daryl Stephens. In addition, Yuba City Fire Department Chief Gary Garrisi and Fire Technology Instructor Jeff Jolian conducted the hands-on training, demonstrating how to safely identify a hybrid electric vehicle and shut down its high-voltage system. Keith Leech, chair of Sacramento Clean Cities, also attended.

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Emergency personnel listen to instruction during the First Responder Safety Training pilot session at Yuba College. Credit: NAFTC

In addition, Clean Cities of Middle Tennessee and Nashville Auto-Diesel College hosted its pilot training session Dec. 7-8, and Dec. 15-16 are the dates for the workshop to be hosted by East Texas Council of Governments and Tyler Junior College. Details of these training sessions will be covered in the next issue of the eNews.

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