Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the Center for Transportation and the Environment hosted National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) First Responder Safety Train-the-Trainer sessions recently.

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.

NAFTC Assistant Director – Curricula and Training Micheal Smyth explains, “The NAFTC is thrilled to be able to provide training to so many first responders. As the popularity of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important that first responders know how to deal with them safely.”

On July 14 and 15 NAFTC trainers conducted First Responder Safety Training at the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training Center. The classes were hosted by Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition.

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Students at the training hosted by Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition inspect an Oklahoma State University transit bus. The entire University transit system runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Credit: NAFTC.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission hosted trainings on July 25 through 27 at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment hosted a series of NAFTC First Responder Safety Training throughout the southeast United States at King University in Knoxville, TN; Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA; Lawson State Community College in Bessemer, AL; Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, AL; South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia, SC; and Piedmont Natural Gas in Greenville, SC.

For a complete list of upcoming training classes, visit the NAFTC Training Schedule.

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