The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently conducted First Responder Safety Training for Ocean State Clean Cities at three locations along the East Coast: the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal in Providence, Rhode Island; Lowell Regional Transit Authority in Lowell, Massachusetts; and Vermont State Fire Academy in Pittsford, Vermont.

The training sessions were funded under a grant coordinated by Rhode Island-based Ocean State Clean Cities—in total, the grant provided funds to conduct First Responder Safety Training at five locations along the East Coast. Previous First Responder Safety Training funded under the grant included locations in New Hampshire and Maine.

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The NAFTC First Responder Safety Training is designed to help first responders acquire the knowledge they need in order to safely and effectively respond to accidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Here, the Providence Fire Department examines a Toyota FCHV-adv, a fuel cell hybrid, for the hands-on portion of the First Responder Safety Training. Credit: Ocean State Clean Cities.

For their April 8 training at the Rhode Island State Fire Academy, Ocean State Clean Cities brought in a Roush Propane E-250 from Buckley Heating and Cooling; a Honda Civic Natural Gas from National Grid; and a Toyota FCHV-adv from Nuvera Fuel Cells. Their training focused on gaseous fuels, such as natural gas and propane and hydrogen vehicles.

“Thanks to our partnership with NAFTC, firefighters from across Rhode Island are better prepared to address fires related to gaseous fuels. Training officers from many municipalities will be able to take the knowledge they gained from this workshop, and bring them back to the other members of their departments. We are all safer on our roads thanks to this partnership and training,” said Wendy Lucht, coordinator for Ocean State Clean Cities at the University of Rhode Island.
Trainings under the grant were also conducted by Massachusetts Clean Cities on April 10 and Vermont Clean Cities Coalition on April 12. These trainings incorporated several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to provide participants with hands-on work, including such diverse cars as a Honda Civic Natural Gas, a Ford F-350, and a hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Highlander.
“In all, the training went very well,” said Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, coordinator for Vermont Clean Cities Coalition. “Everyone who attended commented on how more trainings like these are needed throughout the state.”

The training sessions drew 46 participants in total.

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