National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) staff members attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference held at the Indiana Convention Center from April 18-23, 2016. FDIC is the world’s largest fire training-based conference and exhibition dedicated to delivering outstanding training to the men and women of the fire service.

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Micheal Smyth, NAFTC Assistant Director – Training and Curriculum Development speaks with first responders about NAFTC trainings. Credit: NAFTC.

Every year, the FDIC gathers manufacturers, experts, and trainers to experience the very best in service education and technology. The event attracts more than 30,000 attendees each year, where participants engage with exhibitors through displays, classroom education, and hands-on training.

The NAFTC hosted a booth to provide information on NAFTC First Responder Training for electric drive, propane autogas, natural gas, hydrogen, ethanol, and biodiesel vehicles. The goal of the NAFTC, when working with the firefighting industry, is to best equip them with the tools and education they need to provide service to alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Firefighters were given the opportunity to evaluate the training and give recommendations for how to improve for the future. Comparing feedback from previous years, attendees were satisfied with improvements made to the NAFTC’s website and training material.

“By meeting with first responders face-to-face, the NAFTC can convey the growing importance of alternative fuel vehicle safety training to the people who need it most, said NAFTC Assistant Direct – Training and Curricula Micheal Smyth.

“The conference showcases education and hands-on training and provides attendees with an exhibition hall with the latest and greatest products. And the NAFTC First Responder Safety Training materials were right in place,” he continued.

The First Responder Safety Training workshops teach emergency personnel what they need to know about alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles and how to respond to an accident scene. Topics include key vehicle properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification and recommended first responder procedures.

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