This May, training instructors from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) traveled to California and Idaho to conduct First Responder Safety trainings.

The NAFTC’s First Responder Safety Training prepares first responders to safely and effectively respond to accidents involving a variety of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric drive vehicles and vehicles that run on natural gas, biofuels, ethanol, hydrogen, and propane. The training was originally developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and has subsequently received funding to train 8,500 of the nation’s firefighters through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

On May 21–22, NAFTC training instructors conducted a two-day First Responder Safety Training for firefighters and EMS personnel from the Corona Fire Department in Corona, CA. The training included both traditional classroom work and hands-on lab work.

A week and a half later, NAFTC training instructors traveled to Idaho Falls, ID to complete an additional First Responder Safety Training for the Eastern Idaho Fire Academy.

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A firefighter from the Eastern Idaho Fire Academy asks questions about the safety aspects of components of a hybrid electric vehicle during the hands-on training part of the workshop. Credit: NAFTC.

The Eastern Idaho Fire Academy turned to the NAFTC’s training “to provide firefighters and emergency responders skills to safely and correctly respond to situations involving vehicles using alternative fuels,” said Kenneth Erickson, division manager of the EITC Workforce Training & Community Education.

“The trainers were very flexible and willing to travel long distances to meet our training schedule. The training required ‘hands-on’ application utilizing state-of-the-art technology,” he added.

The May 31–June 1 training covered each of the major alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

The NAFTC has scheduled several additional classes on alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles for this summer. For the complete training schedule, please click here.

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