The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) will be holding Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training Train-the-Trainer courses nationwide this fall. These free classes will be presented in Indianapolis, IN and Morgantown, WV. A limited number of seats will be available at each location.

Additionally, a third training session was held at the 2012 AltCar Expo & Conference in Santa Monica, California on September 29.

The NAFTC’s Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training equips first responders with the knowledge and training they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including electric drive vehicle history, battery and vehicle technology, infrastructure, personal protective equipment (PPE), first responder procedures, and extrication. This 8-hour Train-the-Trainer course will provide first responder trainers with the information and materials they need to conduct the Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training in their region. The course covers:

• Hybrid Electric Vehicles
• Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
• Battery Electric Vehicles
• Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

“These electric drive vehicles are here to stay,” NAFTC executive director Al Ebron said. “Through our train-the-trainer sessions for first-responders, we are able to increase the reach of our educational material, and provide them across the country.”


First responders inspect a Honda at a train-the-trainer held in California last year. Credit: NAFTC

Participants in these Train-the-Trainer courses will receive an instructor manual, instructor CD, a student manual and a First Responder Safety Quick Reference Guide (QRG) for their use in conducting the Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety training. Additional information on the NAFTC’s suite of first responder offerings, including our free QRG phone app, can be found at http://afvsafetytraining.com/.

This free Train-the-Trainer opportunity will be held on the dates listed below. Please click on the link following each listing to register for your preferred session. Class size is limited.

• October 17, 2012 (Wednesday) from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM EST (x)
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://naftcelectricdrive.eventbrite.com/
(x)This session is a part of National AFV Day Odyssey Week in Indianapolis, Indiana

• November 27, 2012 (Tuesday) from 8 AM-5PM EST
NAFTC Headquarters
1100 Frederick Lane
Morgantown, WV 26058
http://naftcfrst.eventbrite.com/

This training will be provided free of charge as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DE-EE0002108.




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