Suite of Modern Technology Products Includes Mobile App

First responders across the nation can now expand their knowledge of electric drive vehicles and how to respond to an accident scene involving these vehicles.

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is debuting its Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training, developed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program. The training features a suite of modern technology products including a mobile app that allows emergency personnel to have vehicle information at their fingertips.

“Advanced electric drive vehicles are an important part of the future of transportation because they reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and keep our air cleaner,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. “Because more consumers are choosing electric drive vehicles, first responders must understand the differences between these and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric drive vehicles are as safe as conventional vehicles, but they are different. The First Responder Safety Training provides emergency personnel with important information to enhance their understanding of those differences.”

The First Responder Safety Training consists of four modules titled Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles – all of which contain exciting, educational videos and animations. The suite of products includes instructor manuals, participant booklets and the quick reference guide (QRG). Online courses will be available in 2012.


The iPhone version of the QRG app contains information about various makes and models of electric drive vehicles. Credit: NAFTC

One of the most unique characteristics of the First Responder Safety Training is the QRG – a durable flipbook for emergency personnel to use at the scene of an accident. It details various makes and models of electric drive vehicles, alerting first responders to such items as high-voltage cables, cut zones and other safety information. The QRG also is available as an app for mobile Apple devices and will soon be available for Android devices.

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Robert Fisher, a firefighter from the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia National Guard, uses the QRG during a recent training. Credit: NAFTC

“Just as the electric drive vehicle technology has continued to evolve and improve, the NAFTC is dedicated to making sure our curricula and training programs are on the cutting edge as well,” Ebron added. “That is why we are releasing the mobile app version of the quick reference guide.”

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NAFTC trainer and Yuba College Instructor Gary Garrisi, left, demonstrates the QRG mobile app during a recent training. Credit: NAFTC

The one-day First Responder Safety Training workshop teaches emergency personnel what they need to know about electric drive vehicles and how to respond to an accident scene. Participants learn important information needed to safely respond to accidents involving advanced technology vehicles. These topics include key vehicle properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification and recommended first responder procedures.

The First Responder Safety Training’s target audiences are firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and hazardous response officials. The curriculum is a component of the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, which is managed by the NAFTC and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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