You all may remember this program we launched a few years ago, the Electric Vehicle Safety Training course, designed to provide emergency responders with the information needed to respond safely and effectively to emergencies involving hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and to emergencies involving vehicle charging stations.
Well, we have now launched a new, updated program; Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program for U.S. Emergency Respondershttp://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2015/07/nfpa-offers-free-online-training.html#_ftn1, which is now available online. This free, self-paced course teaches emergency responders how to safely deal with emergency situations involving alternative fuel passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles.
This course provides response training to first responders for incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles including electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, bio-diesel and gaseous fuels such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), LPG (Liquid Propane Gas), and their recharging/refueling stations.
The program also covers identification techniques, immobilization and power-down procedures, extrication challenges, recommended practices for dealing with hazards such as fires and submersion, incidents involving charging/refueling stations, and more.
These concepts are taught through the use of highly interactive learning modules which include videos, graphics, 3D animations, simulations, and data review exercises, and the user can repeat any section on demand. Students will receive a certificate for successful completion of the program.
- Safely conduct emergency scene size-up and management
- Identify an alternative fuel vehicle
- Effectively immobilize the vehicle for scene safety
- Disable the vehicle's High Voltage and SRS systems
- Conduct occupant rescue more safely
- Execute AFV recovery and disposal