Reducing the risks taken by first responders when responding to an incident inv olving alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles.

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Project funded by FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant

The First Responder Safety Training for Alternative Fuel and Electric Drive Vehicles project will allow the NAFTC to enhance State Fire Academies' curricula by offering First Responder Safety Train-the-Trainer courses to Academy instructors, as well as through pre-conference workshops at industry conferences. The project will also help enhance firefighter knowledge about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by providing first responders with free online Advanced Electric Drive First Responder Safety Training. The project includes updates to and the development of an in-cab version of the Quick Reference Guide, which was developed to help the first responder identify and respond to an alternative fuel vehicle or advanced technology vehicle at the scene of an accident. The project is funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grant #EMW-2011-FP-00637.

Why Alternative Fuel Vehicle First Responder
Safety Training Is Important

Alternative fuel vehicles are different than conventional vehicles and it is critical that first responders be properly trained to deal with accidents involving these vehicles.

The scene of a vehicle accident is often a chaotic and hazardous situation. First responders must work within critical time constraints and know how to safely and quickly secure the scene. As the price of oil continues to climb, drivers begin looking for alternative ways to fuel their vehicles. These alternative fuels have special safety considerations and, in many cases, a first responder cannot assume that the same safety standards are applicable as conventional vehicles.

At the scene, would you know:

  • how to quickly identify an electric, hybrid, biofuel, natural gas, hydrogen, or propane vehicle?
  • where the high-voltage cables are located in an electric drive vehicle?
  • how long it takes for a high-voltage system to fully discharge once disabled?
  • how to safely put out a biofuel fire?
  • what type of fire extinguisher should be used for an electric, gaseous fuel, or biofuel vehicle?

Are you prepared? For answers to these questions and more, register for a First Responder Safety training course today!

Did you know:

  • the battery in an electric drive vehicle can store between 50-450 volts of electricity.
  • 12-volt batteries may be located in areas other than under the hood.
  • the storage cylinders of hydrogen-powered vehicles can hold gaseous hydrogen at 10,000 psi.
  • if vented improperly, the vampors from compressed natural gas cylinders may freeze tissue.
  • onboard LNG vehicle fuel is stored at -250°F.
  • electric drive vehicles have high-voltage components in the engine compartment.
  • electric drive vehicles running in electric-only mode make no engine noise.
  • many modern-day vehicles have a smart-key system that allows the vehicle to be started without a key in the ignition switch.


The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium's First Responder Safety Training features a suite of modern technology products and training for biofuel, gaseous fuel, hydrogen, and electric drive vehicles. Participants learn important information needed to safely respond to accidents involving these vehicles. These topics include key vehicle and fuel properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification and recommended first responder procedures.

The suite of products includes:


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Learn extrication techniques for electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles

Vehicles covered include:
Hybrid Electric Vehicles • Battery Electric Vehicles • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles • Other Alternative Fuel Vehicles