On January 16th, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore conducted a webinar for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coordinators to unveil the newest curriculum materials developed under the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) grant.

The materials include safety booklets on Towing and Roadside Assistance and Automotive Recycling, with an accompanying Safety Procedures Guide which includes quick reference information such as identification; first aid; warnings, etc. The safety booklets begin with an Introduction to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles. Best Practices and Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Specifics, including how to respond to fuel spills and leaks, round out the training.

Moore explained, “These materials were developed to serve two more important audiences in the alternative fuel vehicle industry- towing professionals and automotive recyclers. With the increasing use and variety of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, it is important that these professionals know about each of the different types of vehicle fuels and components because of the unique characteristics.”

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The Towing and Roadside Assistance and Automotive Recycling materials inform workers on how to deal with incidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, starting from when they first arrive at the scene. Credit: NAFTC.

As of 2012, the towing industry had roughly 8,468 businesses in operation and a little over 60,000 people employed.

The vehicle recycling industry is a multi-billion dollar per year business. Vehicles are the number one recycled product in the U.S., with approximately 10 million vehicles recycled annually. Three-fourths of the material in vehicles is recycled, with at least 95% of all vehicles scrapped in the U.S. collected for reuse and recycling.

“Towing professionals are often the first on-site at an accident scene and must know how to identify and safely respond to accidents involving these new vehicles and automotive recyclers dismantle vehicles, leaving a huge opportunity for safety issues if they are not aware of the differences between alternative fuel vehicles and conventional vehicles,” explained Moore.

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Automotive recyclers need to be aware of the different components of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to safely dismantle them. Credit: NAFTC.

Previously, the NAFTC developed curricula on First Responder Safety Training and Petroleum Reduction Technologies under this program.

To download free pdf versions of these materials, please visit http://naftc.wvu.edu/cleancitieslearningprogram/firstrespondersafetytraining/towing-recovery and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Information on the complete Clean Cities Learning Program can be found here: http://www.naftc.wvu.edu/cleancitieslearningprogram.

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