NFPA Electrical Vehicle Safety Instructor Chris Pepler provides hands-on demonstration of a propane-powered school bus during an all-day AFV training hosted by the Boston Fire Department.
With more alternative fuel vehicles entering the roadways each year, firefighters increasingly need to learn how to identify those vehicles and properly handle them when responding to emergency situations.
The Boston Fire Department (BFD) clearly recognizes that need – for their own department and beyond. Yesterday, they hosted NFPA’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) “Train the Trainer” Emergency Responder Safety Program on Moon Island in Quincy, MA, for BFD personnel, and generously opened up the training to neighboring fire departments as well. Participants included fire departments from Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Lynn, Malden, Marshfield, Quincy and Somerville, along with the Massachusetts State Police.
“Training our firefighters on the latest hazards they face responding to vehicle fires and accidents keeps everyone safe. This needed program from NFPA will allow Boston Fire to educate our members first on the scene about alternative fuel vehicles and how best to mitigate incidents involving an AFV,” said Fire Commissioner Chief Joseph Finn.
BFD is taking a proactive approach to ensure that its staff is knowledgeable about AFVs and prepared in the event of an emergency. Their efforts are particularly timely as Boston Public Schools recently purchased 86 propane-powered school buses, and MASSDot approved a contract for 325 hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to replace a current fleet of MBTA buses.