By Jeff Julian and Gary Garrisi

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Jeff Julian and Gary Garrisi are First Responder Contract Trainers for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC). Mr. Julian has 40 years of experience as a first responder and public safety training in Yuba, CA. Mr. Julian has trained first responders across the United States in safely working with alternative fuel vehicles since 2011. Mr. Garrisi has nearly 30 years of experience as a first responder, and has worked with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium as a trainer since 2008.

Note: The information contained in this article is not a substitute for dedicated Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training. Attempting to assist with a vehicle incident of any kind without proper knowledge, skills, and experience can be dangerous and may result in harm to the responder and those involved in the incident.

Since 2005, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium has actively supported the first responder community with educational opportunities on properly and safely responding to automobile incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Vehicle types covered in these materials include electric drive, propane autogas, natural gas, biofuel and hydrogen powered vehicles. Little did we know that our first small firefighter response booklet would grow into the robust training materials and classes the NAFTC now offers.

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The NAFTC First Responder Safety Training is designed to help first responders acquire the knowledge they need in order to safely and effectively respond to accidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Here, the Providence Fire Department examines a Toyota FCHV-adv, a fuel cell hybrid, for the hands-on portion of a 2014 First Responder Safety Training. Credit: Ocean State Clean Cities.

The NAFTC’s suite of award-winning first and second responder courses include:

Firefighter Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training (one-day instructor led class, revised in January 2016)


Law Enforcement Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training (one-day instructor led class, developed in January 2016)


Emergency Medical Services Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training (one-day instructor led class, developed in January 2016)


Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training (self-paced online class)


Recycling Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (4-hour instructor led class)


Towing and Roadside Assistance Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (4-hour instructor led class)

Additionally, new offerings are being developed by the NAFTC for 2017, including:

Recycling Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (self-paced online class)


Towing and Roadside Assistance Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (self-paced online class)


Propane Autogas Vehicle First Responder Training (self-paced online class)

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These classes try to meet the educational needs of a wide variety of learners, presenting information in textbook, classroom, train-the-trainer, and online formats.

Thanks to the NAFTC First Responder Safety Training, first and second responders are arriving on scene at AFV incidents across the country with the proper education and training to safely and effectively deal with the ever increasing number of highway scenarios involving alternative fuel vehicles.

In 2017 we will be covering a series of alternative fuel vehicle incidents that will provide specifics on the response and the outcome.

If you are interested in AFV First Responder Safety Training for you or your department, please visit AFVSafetyTraining.com contact Micheal Smyth or 304-293-7882.




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