The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted Firefighter Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training June 27-28 in Ocala, FL. These train-the-trainer courses enabled the participants to spread their newly acquired course knowledge to others.
This first responder training was made possible through a U.S. Department of Energy grant awarded to Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition/University of Central Florida, and in partnership with the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition and Hillsboro Community College.
The training was held at Florida State Fire College in Ocala, FL lead by NAFTC instructor Jeff Julian. The class combined in-class instruction with hands-on experience with compressed natural gas, propane autogas, and electric drive vehicles. These trainings gave firefighters the tools they need to safely identify and work with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and their components.
NAFTC Instructor Jeff Julian commented, “With the nation’s growing interest in producing vehicles with high fuel efficiency and fewer emissions, first responders must be ready to respond to incidents involving the next generation of vehicle technologies.”
According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, nearly 400,000 hybrid electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2015, and the number is expected to rise.
NAFTC instructor Jeff Julian explaining the configuration of the energy storage system on TECO Energy’s plug-in hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt.