Available for groups only, this course is designed to teach law enforcement 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 law enforcement 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:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Law enforcement trainers

Course Description

This course is designed to educate law enforcement personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles. Participants will be trained on the major components of alternative fuel vehicles and on the proper procedures for incidents involving natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen, electric drive, ethanol and biofuel powered vehicles.

Participants will learn the steps required to secure an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), how to rescue occupants from a damaged AFV, proper fire response, and proper fuel leak response. The course details the risks and hazards common to alternative fuel storage, including high-voltage batteries and high pressure gaseous fuel cylinders.


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