First Responder Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

June 18, 2019
3 sessions each day
West Chicago FPD Reg Firefighter Training Academy, 320 Kress Road, West Chicago, IL 60185

Learn how to handle incidents involving the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles on our nation’s roadways in this training program provided by the West Chicago Fire Protection District and the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition. Now more than ever, this training is essential to reduce the risk for responders and operators as the number of alternative fuel vehicles exceeds 13 million.

First responders in the Chicago area are invited to participate in this free training. The program will be delivered in two parts:
– Classroom Training (40 minutes)
– Hands-on Training Event (2 hours)

Completion of the web-based Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program for Emergency Responders Online Training is also recommended. This program consists of on-line training modules available through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), to be completed outside of this event.

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.

Dates: June 18, 19 and 20, 2018 / three sessions each day:
• Classroom sessions will start each day at 8:30, 11:30 and 14:30 each day.
• Hands-on sessions follow classroom
• Total duration 2:45 hours

Questions: Please contact Tim Leidig, Assistant Chief or Lt. Jason Day, Training Officer

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