The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted First Responder Safety Training on natural gas vehicles and fueling stations at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Lewistown, PA. There were two 1-day classes held on March 1 and 2, 2016. Thirty-eight people attended the training, and are now prepared to handle natural gas vehicles and fueling stations in the case of an incident.
“We work hard to conduct these Instructor Train-the-Trainer classes to allow our Alternative Energy Emergency Response (AEER) Adjunct Instructors to better educate fire fighters and other first responders throughout Pennsylvania on how to handle events involving natural gaseous vehicles,” said Alternative Energy Emergency Response Training Program Administrator, Patrick Pauly.
“Some areas have had previous training on hybrid electric vehicles only, and this course covers vehicles and fueling stations using compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, and propane autogas. This training is very important to our first responders because vehicle incidents today are not like they were just a few years ago. You cannot confirm easily what is and is not a non-conventional vehicle. This training will assist the AEER Adjunct Instructors in delivering that message to responders” added Pauly.
Preparing our public safety professionals with the tools they need to safely respond to emergencies related to vehicles and fueling stations that are powered by natural gas is an absolute necessity. As the U.S. begins to alter the method in which it produces energy in an effort to reduce the health risks of conventional fueling methods, limit our dependence on foreign oil, and reduction of our carbon footprintit is essential to ensure our first responders our well-prepared in dealing with emergencies that may involve an alternative fuel vehicle.
Increasingly, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies that rely on transportation to achieve their goals are making the decision to switch from conventional gasoline or diesel to natural gas.