For Immediate Release
June 10, 2011
Judy Moore, Assist. Director Communications
(304) 293-7882, firstname.lastname@example.org
Educating First Responders on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium to Conduct First Responder Safety Training
Palm Desert, Calif. – With the number of alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles increasing rapidly, there is a great need for first responders to be adequately trained on how to properly respond to accidents involving these vehicles.
First responders, instructors from various colleges, Clean Cities Coordinators and a range of technicians will be participating in a First Responder Safety Train- the-Trainer two-day workshop at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., June 13-14. The training will be conducted by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West Virginia University and co-hosted by the Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region. The training is part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program, to develop classroom materials to raise awareness about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
The First Responder Safety Training Train-the-Trainer Workshop consists of four modules, which include biofuels and biofuel vehicles, gaseous fuels and gaseous fuel vehicles, hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles and electric drive vehicles. The two-day workshop will teach instructors how to deliver a two-day first responder training in their local area, thereby teaching emergency personnel what they need to know about alternative fuel vehicles and how to respond to an accident scene, especially when involving extrication. The First Responder Safety Training’s target audiences are firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and hazardous response officials.
To kick off the workshop, NAFTC Clean Cities Learning Program Project Manager Catherine Mezera will provide introductions about the NAFTC and the Clean Cities Learning Program, followed by an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program by Richard Cromwell III, Coachella Valley Region Clean Cities Coordinator.
Along with extensive classroom instruction, the training will include the opportunity to become familiar with the various types of electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, Honda Clarity, a propane vehicle provided by Roush CleanTech and many more. Participants will also have a variety of other hands-on training demonstrations such as exploding an airbag, viewing fires with geothermal imaging cameras and much more. Additional information on the Clean Cities Learning Program First Responder Safety Training can be found at http://www.naftc.wvu.edu/cleancitieslearningprogram/firstrespondersafetytraining/overviewfrst.
“Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are the future of transportation,” NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron said. “These next generation vehicles will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help keep our air clean. Because alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are becoming more prevalent and will continue to increase in popularity, first responders must understand the differences between these cars and trucks and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. The First Responder Safety Training provides a proactive approach to keeping emergency personnel and the citizens they serve safe."