The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) welcomed a panel of subject matter experts to the NAFTC Headquarters in Morgantown, W. Va., for a review session of the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) and Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program First Responder Safety Training curricula.

From April 27-29, participating subject matter experts shared their cumulative knowledge and experience to help evaluate and fine tune these NAFTC alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) safety training materials.

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Subject matter experts and NAFTC staff members meet to review the CCLP and AED First Responder Safety Training materials. Credit: NAFTC

Contributing subject matter experts included: WVU Fire Extension Service and WV State Fire Academy’s Lanny Adkins; WV State Assistant Fire Marshal and RRT Director of Operations, Shawn Alderman; State Police AFV Trainer, Terry Aylor; Program Coordinator for Automotive Technology at Utah Valley University, Paul Bean; Retired Assistant Chief Madison, Wisconsin and Fire Instructor at Madison Technical Community College, George Burke; WV State Chief Deputy Fire Marshall, Anthony Carrico; Dean of Business and Social Science Divisions at Yuba College, Ed Davis; and Director (Fire Chief) of Fire & Protective Services in Regina, SK, Canada, Rick McCullough.

NAFTC staff in attendance included Executive Director Al Ebron, Assistant Director of Operations Bill Davis, Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach Judy Moore, Assistant Director of Training and Curriculum Development Micheal Smyth, National Instructor Mark Schmidt, AED Project Manager Amy Gandy and CCLP Project Manager Cathy Mezera.

“Being part of the CCLP and AED curriculum expert review experience was an enlightening and positive experience,” Aylor explained. “The session was mutually beneficial for both the subject matter experts as well as the NAFTC team because we were all able to share knowledge and ideas relevant to first responder safety training for alternative fuel vehicles.”

Aylor added that alternative fuel vehicle technologies like electric vehicles are expanding in his home state, so the development of the NAFTC’s safety training is timely and necessary. “Throughout Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation and local power companies are beginning to install electric vehicle charging stations at selected rest stops and in parking garages thanks to a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.”

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Subject matter experts and the NAFTC staff spent three days at the NAFTC Headquarters in Morgantown, W. Va., reviewing and fine tuning the training materials. Credit: NAFTC

The NAFTC’s CCLP First Responder Safety Training is developed and funded in partnership with the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities Program to educate first responders and reduce their risks when responding to an incident involving alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC and Clean Cities coalitions across the nation are offering four-hour First Responder Safety Training workshops covering biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol) and biofuel vehicles, gaseous fuels (natural gas and propane) and gaseous fuel vehicles, hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles and electric drive vehicles.

The NAFTC’s AED Vehicle Education Program is funded by a U.S. DOE grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is a public-private partnership with the mission of “Educating America on Next Generation Vehicles.” The AED First Responder Safety Training developed by the NAFTC is designed specifically to prepare first responders and public safety officers to respond to incidents involving advanced electric drive vehicles and their supporting infrastructure. Four stand-alone 4-hour first responder safety training workshops cover hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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