On December 8th, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), in partnership with the Tulsa Area Clean Cities (TACC), conducted the first classes of three newly developed, targeted First Responder Safety Training classes for emergency medical services, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. These classes feature information and techniques to safely respond to vehicle accidents and injuries involving alternative fuel vehicles.
Developed by the NAFTC, these courses were made possible by TACC through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities and were constructed from existing NAFTC First Responder Safety Training materials.
These three standalone courses will educate firefighters, emergency medical services, and law enforcement personnel on how to safely work with alternative fuel vehicles involved in accidents or other emergency situations. The courses include information on alternative fuels, their properties and origins, and ways in which alternative fuel vehicles differ from conventionally fueled vehicles. Each course will include specific procedures for each audience (emergency medical services, firefighters, or law enforcement) to implement when working at accidents involving alternative fuel vehicles.
After the initial class conducted in Tulsa, the targeted First Responder Safety Training classes will be rolled out across the United States.
“Oklahoma has 324 alternative fueling stations across the state, meaning that most counties have at least one station fueling local alternative fuel vehicles and first responders who need this information,” says Broken Arrow, OK Fire Chief Jeremy Moore.
To celebrate and announce the class rollout, TACC hosted a press conference and a large alternative fuel vehicle display, which was used by the training classes and for media and press conference attendee viewing.
“With increased alternative vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a collision also increases,” says Bill Davis, NAFTC director. “Firefighters, emergency medical services and law enforcement need to be trained on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving these new technologies so they can work together to secure accident scenes and save lives.”
NAFTC Instructor Gary Garrisi taught law enforcement and emergency medical services classes with information about how to secure an accident scene involving and alternative fuel vehicle. Credit: NAFTC.
NAFTC Instructor Jeff Julian teaches a class of firefighters on how to respond to an incident involving an alternative fuel vehicle. Credit: NAFTC.
During the training first responders were able to view alternative fuel vehicles and ask questions about their systems and components. Credit: NAFTC.