First Responder Safety Training
The scene of a vehicle accident is often chaotic, and first responders must work within the constraints of a critical time frame to ensure their safety and the safety of accident vehicle occupants. When an accident involves an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), first responders must achieve balance between speed and caution because many potential hazards are present.
In an effort to properly educate first responders about alternative fuel vehicle safety, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) offers first responder safety training. This training equips first responders with the knowledge they need to confront a growing number of automotive accidents involving AFVs. NAFTC provides first responder safety training in two main program offerings: Clean Cities Learning Program and Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program.
The Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) offers first responders a variety of 4-hour workshops on alternative fuel safety training. CCLP also offers a comprehensive two-day course that covers all four workshops for those interested in becoming a workshop instructor. Attendees can learn the vehicle and fuel safety information about biofuel, gaseous fuel, hydrogen, and electric drive vehicles. Learn More >>
Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program features several 8-hour workshops that provide first responder safety training on electric drive vehicles. Choose from one of four workshops that cover safety training on hybrid, plug-in, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles. Learn More >>
The programs listed above include important information needed to safely respond to accidents involving these alternative fuel vehicles. The information covered includes key vehicle and fuel properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification, and recommended first responder procedures. The suite of products includes:
- Instructor manuals
- Participant manuals
- Workshop booklets
- Quick reference guide
- Mobile device app
- Online training (for Electric Drive only)
For more information about the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s First Responder Safety Training offerings, please visit the First Responder Safety Training website.