First responders from across the nation are learning about the latest in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle training at the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s booth at the Fire Department Instructors Conference the fire industry’s premier conference and exhibition.
The event is going on now through Saturday in Indianapolis. It gathers decision-makers, trainers, experts, manufacturers and suppliers to experience the best in fire service education and technology.
The NAFTC, based at West Virginia University, is exhibiting its alternative fuel and electric drive vehicle First Responder Safety Training materials. The display features a suite of modern technology products including information about a mobile app that allows emergency personnel to have vehicle information at their fingertips.
Event attendees are also interacting with “HEVTE,” the NAFTC’s hybrid electric vehicle training educator. HEVTE is a heavily modified, third generation, fully functional Toyota Prius training tool with a cutaway that allows first responders and other FDIC attendees to easily and safely interact with labeled advanced hybrid vehicle components by scanning electronic QR codes.
”’HEVTE’ is the NAFTC’s newest training tool in our quest to educate the nation about the benefits of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. “The technology that first responders are seeing when responding to vehicle accidents has continued to evolve and improve, and the NAFTC is committed to making sure our curricula and training programs are on the cutting edge as well.”
The NAFTC’s First Responder Safety Training consists of modules covering hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles as well as those powered by biofuels, gaseous fuels and hydrogen. The curricula include instructor manuals, participant booklets and the quick reference guide.
The QRG, a durable flipbook for emergency personnel to use at the scene of an accident, is also available as a free app on the iPhone and the iPad, with a recent release on the Android platform. Both the hard copy and mobile versions detail various makes and models of alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles, alerting first responders to such items as high-voltage cables, cut zones and other safety information.
The First Responder Safety Training workshops teach emergency personnel what they need to know about alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles and how to respond to an accident scene. Topics include key vehicle properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification and recommended first responder procedures.
“Alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles reduce our nation’s dependence on oil and keep our air cleaner,” Ebron said. “Because more consumers are realizing the benefits of these next generation vehicles and purchasing them for their personal transportation use, first responders must understand the differences between these and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles are as safe as conventional vehicles, but they are different. The First Responder Safety Training provides first responders with important information to enhance their understanding of those differences.”
The First Responder Safety Training’s target audiences are firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and hazardous response officials. The curricula are components of two NAFTC programs the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program, both funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.
For more information about NAFTC, see: http://www.naftc.wvu.edu/about_us.
Check http://wvutoday.wvu.edu daily for the latest news from the University. Follow @WVUToday on Twitter.
CONTACT: Judy Moore, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
304-293-7882 (office), 304-669-4870 (cell); Judy.Moore@mail.wvu.edu