We have a new training event on November 19th at 11 AM for Fire Investigators regarding Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFVs). I was trying to wrap my head around why this event was so important so I contacted someone who is currently in the field. One of my oldest friends is a firefighter with a town North of Boston who has many years of experience. I wanted him to give me an example of a situation where a Fire Investigator would need more knowledge about AFVs. Here’s what he said “Let’s say there’s been an accident at a major intersection in Downtown Boston and an AFV has caught on fire. When the fire is extinguished by the BFD, the vehicle is towed to a storage yard in Quincy, MA about 8 miles away. Your boss sends you to conduct an investigation. Do you have all the knowledge you need to conduct a safe investigation?
I also sought out our resident expert at NFPA. One of the great things about working at NFPA is that you have a building filled with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that “ooze” knowledge and more importantly, they want to share that knowledge. Recently, I sat down with one of our SMEs, Michael Wixted, who is an Emergency Services Specialist and the staff liaison to NFPA 921 as well as NFPA 1033 to discuss the event.
Increasing Fire Investigator Awareness on Potential Alternative Fueled Vehicle (AFV) Safety Hazards is an online training event that covers many different types of vehicles including plug-in electric, hybrid, bio-diesel and gaseous fuels. You'll learn about the hazards associated which each type of incident and what practices are currently being employed to help negate those threats during an investigation.
Q: Who should attend this event?
A: Public and Private Fire Investigators
Q: Why would someone want to take this training?
A: To get a better understanding of how to safely and properly investigate fires involving these vehicles
Q: What are the top 3 takeaways attendees will receive from the training?
- Increased understanding of alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) including what they are and how they operate
- Demonstrate how the investigation of fires involving these vehicles relates to the current NFPA standards 921 and 1033
- Increase awareness of potential personal AFV hazards that fire investigators face
Q: Who are the other speakers for this event and what experience/knowledge will they bring to the discussion?
- Michael Wixted, Emergency Services Specialist, NFPA (NFPA 921/1033 Staff Liaison)
- Edward Conlin, Emergency Services Specialist, NFPA (Experienced fire investigator)
- Jason Emery NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Subject Matter Expert (fire service professional)