From September 16th through September 18th, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) helped conduct First Responder Safety trainings at two Minnesota locations.

On September 16th and 17th, a First Responder Safety Training Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) Gaseous Fuels (natural gas and propane) and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles workshop was held at the Eagan Fire Department in Eagan, MN.

On September 18th, two Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) workshops were held on Gaseous Fuels and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles and Electric Drive Vehicles at the Public Safety Building in Duluth, MN.

Jeff Julian, an NAFTC contract trainer and Yuba College instructor, taught the courses.

The Gaseous Fuels and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles workshop covers two gaseous fuels, natural gas and propane, and introduces the different types of gaseous fueling stations and station safety systems. First responders learn how to recognize current gaseous fuel vehicles, and their vehicle components. This workshop also reviews how first responders should approach and assess an incident, required personal protective equipment for responding to an incident, general fire fighting measures, and extrication.

The Electric Drive Vehicles workshop introduces first responders to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and explains their history, characteristics and configurations, and their safety features and extraction procedures.


With the increasing number of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the roads, first responders need to be aware of the different safety concerns of these vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

The NAFTC’s First Responder Safety Training helps first responders acquire the knowledge they need when dealing with automotive accidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. When an accident involves an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), first responders must quickly and correctly identify it as an AFV and assess how to respond appropriately to the unique situations that arise when extricating crash victims from these vehicles.

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