First Responder Safety Training

The NAFTC offers firefighter, emergency medical services, and law enforcement first responder courses on alternative fuel vehicle safety. The program also offers a comprehensive course for those interested in becoming a course instructor.

These three stand-alone courses are designed to educate firefighters, emergency medical services, and law enforcement on how to safely interact with an alternative fuel vehicle involved in a traffic incident. This includes education on the fuels, their properties and origins, how these vehicles differ from conventionally fueled vehicles, and proper, audience specific procedures to implement when dealing with an accident involving an alternative fuel vehicle.

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Firefighter First Responder Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Firefighter Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training




Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making alternative fuel vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.

Firefighters need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen, electric drive, and biofuel powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate firefighters on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a firefighter with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of alternative fuels

  • Explain the operation of alternative fuel vehicles

  • Recognize alternative fuel vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to alternative fuel storage, including high-voltage batteries and high pressure gaseous fuel cylinders

  • Explain the major components of alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging systems

  • Describe alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involved with the transport and handling of alternative fuels

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for firefighters when responding to an alternative fuel vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure an alternative fuel vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged alternative fuel vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an alternative fuel fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a gaseous fuel leak

Emergency Medical Services First Responder Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Emergency Medical Services Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training




Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making alternative fuel vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen, electric drive, and biofuel powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate EMS personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only an EMS officer with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of alternative fuels

  • Explain the operation of alternative fuel vehicles

  • Recognize alternative fuel vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to alternative fuel storage, including high-voltage batteries and high pressure gaseous fuel cylinders

  • Explain the major components of alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging systems

  • Describe alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involved with the transport and handling of alternative fuels

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for EMS personnel when responding to an alternative fuel vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure an alternative fuel vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged alternative fuel vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an alternative fuel fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a gaseous fuel leak

Emergency Medical Services First Responder Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Law Enforcement Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training




Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making alternative fuel vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.

Law Enforcement personnel need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen, electric drive, and biofuel powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate Law Enforcement personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a Law Enforcement officer with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of alternative fuels

  • Explain the operation of alternative fuel vehicles

  • Recognize alternative fuel vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to alternative fuel storage, including high-voltage batteries and high pressure gaseous fuel cylinders

  • Explain the major components of alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging systems

  • Describe alternative fuel vehicle fueling and charging station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involved with the transport and handling of alternative fuels

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for Law Enforcement when responding to an alternative fuel vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure an alternative fuel vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged alternative fuel vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an alternative fuel firel fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a gaseous fuel leakl leak

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First Responder Safety Training: Biofuels and Biofuel Vehicles



This four hour course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with biofuel powered vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a first responder with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making biofuel powered vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases. First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving biodiesel and ethanol powered vehicles.

Attendees will learn the properties, origins, and value of biofuels; how biofuel vehicles operated how they differ from conventionally fueled vehicles; and first responder procedures for safety around biofuel vehicles at the scene of an accident.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of biofuels

  • Explain the operation of biofuel vehicles

  • Recognized biofuel powered vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to biofuel storage

  • Explain the major components of biofuel vehicle fueling systems

  • Describe biofuel vehicle fueling station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involve with the transport and handling of biofuels

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to a biofuel vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure a biofuel vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged biofuel powered vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to a biofuel fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a biofuel leak

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First Responder Safety Training: Gaseous Fuels and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles




Rising concerns on the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making gaseous fuel vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.<.p>

First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane autogas, and hydrogen powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with gaseous fuel vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a first responder with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of gaseous fuels

  • Explain the operation of gaseous fuel vehicles

  • Recognized gaseous fuel vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to gaseous fuel storage

  • Explain the major components of gaseous fuel vehicle fueling systems

  • Describe gaseous fuel vehicle fueling station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involve with the transport and handling of gaseous fuels

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to a gaseous fuel vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure a gaseous fuel vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged gaseous fuel vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to gaseous fuel fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a gaseous fuel leak




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First Responder Safety Training: Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles




Rising concerns on the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making hydrogen powered vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.

First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving hydrogen powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with hydrogen powered vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a first responder with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of hydrogen

  • Explain the operation of hydrogen powered vehicles

  • Recognized hydrogen powered vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to hydrogen storage

  • Explain the major components of hydrogen powered vehicle fueling systems

  • Describe hydrogen vehicle fueling station safety systems

  • Identify the risks involve with the transport and handling of hydrogen

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to a hydrogen powered vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure a hydrogen powered vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged hydrogen powered vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to hydrogen fire

  • Demonstrate proper response to a hydrogen fuel leak




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First Responder Safety Training: Electric Drive Vehicles




Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making electric drive vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.<.p>

First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, plug-in, and fuel cell powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with electric drive vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a first responder with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of electric drive vehicles

  • Explain the operation of electric drive vehicles

  • Recognized electric drive vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to high voltage batteries

  • Explain the major components of electric drive vehicle systems

  • Describe electric drive vehicle charging station safety systems

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to an electric drive vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure an electric drive vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged electric drive vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an electric drive vehicle fire




Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training - Online

Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training – Online




Rising concerns about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s environment combined with their increased cost when compared with alternative fuels are making electric drive vehicles more common on our nation’s roadways. With increased vehicle use, the chance of these new technologies being involved in a vehicular accident also increases.

First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, plug-in, and fuel cell powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with electric drive vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of electric drive vehicles

  • Explain the operation of electric drive vehicles

  • Recognized electric drive vehicle components

  • Identify the risks and hazards common to high voltage batteries

  • Explain the major components of electric drive vehicle systems

  • Describe electric drive vehicle charging station safety systems

  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to an electric drive vehicle incident

  • List the steps required to secure an electric drive vehicle

  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged electric drive vehicle

  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an electric drive vehicle fire




Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training - Online

Quick Reference Guide for Alternative Fuel Vehicles




The Quick Reference Guide is a useful supplemental publication for the complete First Responder Safety Training curricula. Information in this guide has been developed to help the first responder identify and respond to an alternative fuel vehicle or advanced technology vehicle at the scene of an accident. This guide has been derived from information provided by automotive manufacturers’ emergency response guides and therefore differs from vehicle to vehicle.
ISBN 978-1-933954-39-4




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QRG Mobile App




The mobile app version of the quick reference guide allows emergency personnel to have at their fingertips all the advanced electric drive vehicle information contained in the hard copy flipbook. The app is available on Apple and Android devices.

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For additional information
please contact Micheal Smyth at micheal.smyth@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-7882