The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently debuted materials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference and Expo.
Held Feb. 13-16 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, the event was hosted by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association. It featured keynote speakers, exhibitors, educational sessions, tours, networking opportunities and a ride-and-drive.
NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron, Assistant Director – Operations Bill Davis and National Instructor Mark Schmidt represented the organization and displayed the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles module from the AED First Responder Safety Training instructor’s manual.
“The First Responder Safety Training curriculum will prepare first responders and public safety officers for responding to incidents that involve advanced electric drive vehicles and their supporting infrastructure,” Ebron explained. “It is targeted toward firefighters, law enforcement personnel, paramedics, hazard response teams, vehicle retrieval personnel, emergency medical technicians, code officials and construction permitting officers.”
In addition to the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles module, other first responder modules include training on hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, while supplemental materials consist of workshop booklets, presentations, lesson plans, workshop curricula, surveys, exams, practical exercises, handouts, a video and a self-paced, online course.
The Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by a DOE grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a public-private partnership with the mission of “Educating America on Next Generation Vehicles.” The program features curricula, training, outreach and education activities, web-driven simulators, a website and support of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. This program provides education and accurate, timely information to consumers, first responders, secondary school educators and students, charging infrastructure engineers and installers, automotive technicians and fleet operators.
In addition, while at the conference, Ebron presented “Initial Results from the West Virginia Hydrogen Vehicle Test Project at Yeager Airport,” a report on a separate DOE-funded program.