National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC)

Firefighter Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training

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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

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