Firefighter First Responder Safety Training for Alternative Fuel VehiclesClick for sample Pages

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, ethanol 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.

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Course materials provided:

  • Participant Manual – ISBN 978-1-933954-26-4
  • Includes review questions and learning activities
  • Each module of the Participant’s Manual contains text, illustrations, explanatory figures and tables, module review questions, and a list of key terms and abbreviations.

Course designed for:

  • EMS workers
  • EMS trainers

This course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of alternative fuels.
  • Explain the operation of AFVs.
  • Recognize AFV 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 AFV fueling and charging systems.
  • Describe AFV 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 AFV incident.
  • List the steps required to secure an AFV.
  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged AFV.
  • Demonstrate proper fire response to an alternative fuel fire.
  • Demonstrate proper response to a gaseous fuel leak.