The Louisiana Clean Fuels hosted the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at the Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo 2016 in the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, LA in mid-April.

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The NAFTC display at the Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo included the Alternative Energy Learning Center and the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator (HEVTE). Credit: NAFTC.

The NAFTC showcased the Alternative Energy Learning Center and the cutaway Prius Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator at the event. Inside the learning center, expo attendees watched videos about alternative fuel vehicles and viewed educational displays on natural gas and propane. Attendees also had the chance to learn more about the inner workings of the Prius by using iPads to scan QR codes strategically placed on the vehicle. The scans led to information on the tagged vehicle component.

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NAFTC Assistant Director – Curriculum Development and Training Micheal Smyth shows first responders the high voltage cables inside HEVTE.

The conference followed a special two-day session of First Responder Safety Training in Zachary, LA, where the NAFTC conducted its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement. The training covered safety procedures for firefighters and law enforcement officers responding to accidents involving electric drive vehicles, biofuels and biofuel vehicles (biodiesel and ethanol), gaseous fuels and gaseous fuel vehicles (natural gas and propane autogas), and hydrogen and hydrogen powered vehicles.

Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Ann Shaneyfelt, commented, “The NAFTC training manuals were thorough and well thought-out. The class was excited to see that the instructors had experience in working with the fuels in the real world.”

The cutaway gave the attendees a great chance to see what they had learned in the classroom training first hand. It gave the students a chance to ask specific questions about the vehicles and how to respond in an emergency situation.”

NAFTC Assistant Director – Curriculum Development and Training Micheal Smyth said, “The time spent by the NAFTC in Louisiana was extremely valuable. We had the opportunity to reach multiple audiences with the message of the importance of alternative fuel vehicle safety training.”




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