If you are a part of or follow the alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) industry, you know that AFVs are growing in popularity and you recognize the importance of proper training for those who work with them. Holding AFV trainings for technicians and other key audiences is becoming standard practice rather than something supplemental and considered only necessary in big cities.

In the past few weeks, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium conducted trainings for automotive technicians and firefighters, teaching them to safely work with AFVs.

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt taught the Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector Training at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV on September 15-16 and again, at the Fire Training Research Center in Grapevine, TX on October 4-5. The latter training was hosted by the Dallas Fort-Worth Clean Cities Coalition and North Central Texas Council of Government through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

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Schmidt commented, “This course helps the students learn how to safely inspect CNG components to NFPA 52 code, and gives them the knowledge to help pass the CSA Fuel System Inspector exam. We do practice tests during the class, and the students are always happy to have a chance to test their understanding of CNG cylinders.”

NAFTC Instructor Jeff Julian conducted a Firefighter First Responder Safety Training at the Corbin Technology Center in Corbin, KY. The class was hosted by Kentucky Clean Fuels.

Firefighters who attended the course learned specific safety measures to follow in responding to an accident involving vehicles powered by natural gas, propane autogas, ethanol, biodiesel, fuel cell, and electric drive systems. AFV safety trainings such as this one, give firefighters the tools they need to safely identify and work with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and their components.

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NAFTC Instructor Jeff Julian commented, “Firefighters across the country need to be trained to safely respond to incidents involving AFVs. As these cars become more popular, they will reach into every town across the United States, and our firefighters must have the knowledge to work with them.”

For more information about NAFTC training and upcoming courses, visit the NAFTC Training Schedule. Don’t miss out on the next training!

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