The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is working on the development of two stand-alone First Responder Safety Training courses, one targeting Law Enforcement and one targeting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. Sponsored by Tulsa Area Clean Cities, the training materials are being developed as a complement to the NAFTC’s existing DOE funded and award-winning Firefighter Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles training curricula.

“The NAFTC is very excited to be developing these two much needed courses,” said Mike Smyth, NAFTC assistant director curriculum development and training. “Many times law enforcement or EMS personnel are the first to arrive at a vehicular incident and are responsible for dealing directly with alternative fuel vehicles. Our partnership with Tulsa Clean Cities is making specialized training for these two important groups possible.”

Alternative fuel vehicles are different than conventional vehicles and it is critical that ALL first responders be properly trained to deal with accidents involving these vehicles. Firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel work in chaotic environments with pressing time constraints, and they must know how to safely and quickly secure an accident scene. As the price of oil continues to climb, drivers are looking for alternative ways to fuel their vehicles. These alternative fuels and the vehicles they power have special safety considerations and, in many cases, a first responder cannot assume that the same safety standards are applicable as conventional vehicles.

“The NAFTC’s original first responder training has been condensed and tailored for these specific audiences to better prepare our first responders to handle traffic incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles,” commented Adriane Jaynes, Tulsa Area Clean Cities coalition coordinator. “The new format and targeted information means more depth and time to focus on the specific responsibilities of each audience.”

The courses will include information on gaseous fuel vehicles, biofuel vehicles, electric drive vehicles, and hydrogen powered vehicles and will be available as both end-user and train-the-trainer classes.

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