National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC)

First Responder Safety Training: Biofuels and Biofuel Vehicles



This four hour course is designed to educate firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with biofuel powered vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a first responder with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

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 biofuel powered 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. First responders need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving biodiesel and ethanol powered vehicles.

Attendees will learn the properties, origins, and value of biofuels; how biofuel vehicles operated how they differ from conventionally fueled vehicles; and first responder procedures for safety around biofuel vehicles at the scene of an accident.

Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this course will enable you to:

  • List the key properties, characteristics, and functions of biofuels
  • Explain the operation of biofuel vehicles
  • Recognized biofuel powered vehicle components
  • Identify the risks and hazards common to biofuel storage
  • Explain the major components of biofuel vehicle fueling systems
  • Describe biofuel vehicle fueling station safety systems
  • Identify the risks involve with the transport and handling of biofuels
  • List personal protective equipment necessary for first responders when responding to a biofuel vehicle incident
  • List the steps required to secure a biofuel vehicle
  • List the steps for rescuing occupants from a damaged biofuel powered vehicle
  • Demonstrate proper fire response to a biofuel fire
  • Demonstrate proper response to a biofuel leak

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