Since 2005, the NAFTC 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. 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)
· 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:
· Towing and Roadside Assistance Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (self-paced online class)
· Propane Autogas Vehicle First Responder Training (self-paced online class)
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.