Alternative Fuels for First Responders Classroom and Hands-On Awareness Training

November 9, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
West Chicago FPD Regional Firefighter Training Academy

On November 9, 2018, a classroom and hand-on training program on First Responder Actions for Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Infrastructure is scheduled for First Responders in the DuPage County area. Alternative Fuel Vehicles will include Electric Vehicles, Natural Gas, Propane Autogas and Hydrogen.  This program is hosted by the US DOE’s Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.

The training program will consist of three sections:

  • Web-based training (on your own time, up to about 4 hours)
  • Classroom Briefing (30 minutes)
  • Hands-on Training (2.5 hours)

The web-based training will consist of on-line training modules available through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and completion of these modules will be recommended to precede the classroom and hands-on training.  Information on this will be provided as part of registration.

The hands-on training will allow participants to learn about the kinds of actions that may be required in an emergency event on actual alternative fuel vehicles.  When dealing with alternative fuels, the properties of the fuels (e.g. natural gas, propane, ethanol, hydrogen and electric) are different than traditional diesel and gasoline. For example, with electric vehicles, emergency responders may need to know where to cut power wires to disable high voltage circuits.   Gaseous fuel is invisible.  Propane is heavier than air and natural gas is lighter than air, so awareness of how to react relates to the fuel properties.  The locations of fuel shutoffs on gaseous fuel vehicles is different than liquid fuel vehicles.  The uniqueness of each fuel will be reviewed in the classroom training and the hands-on sessions.  The unique aspects of the supporting infrastructure will also be reviewed.

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