Available for groups only, this course is designed to teach EMS personnel the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles

  • Fuels and vehicles include:
    • Electric
    • Propane
    • Natural gas
    • Ethanol
    • Methanol
    • Synthetic fuels
    • Biodiesel
  • Taught by NAFTC Instructors

It is crucial that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts as alternative fuel vehicles possess unique risks and hazards.

Arrange group training by emailing Cristina Dumitrescu at cristina.dumitrescu@mail.wvu.edu or call her at  (304) 293-6906

Course materials provided:

  • Participant Manual – ISBN 978-1-933954-26-4
  • Each module contains:
    • Illustrations
    • Explanatory Figures and Tables
    • Review Questions
    • Key Terms

 Course designed for:

  • EMS workers
  • EMS trainers

Course Description

This course identifies the risks and hazards common to alternative fuel storage, including high-voltage batteries and high pressure gaseous fuel cylinders. It explains the key properties, functions, and components of alternative fuel vehicles. EMS participants will be taught the steps required to secure an AFV, rescuing occupants from a damaged AFV, and proper fire and leak response to alternative fuels.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of alternative fuels.
  • Explain the operation of AFVs.
  • Recognize AFV components.
  • Identify the risk and hazards common to alternative fuel storage.
  • List the steps required to secure an AFV.
  • Follow the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged AFV.
  • Demonstrate proper response to fires and fuel leaks of AFVs.



  • Using this course
  • Why this training is important
  • Overview of alternative fuel vehicles
  • First responder procedures
  • Supplemental procedures
  • Dealing with the media