NAFTC trains technicians in Louisiana, Arkansas and California

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March 30, 2017 by NAFTC News

Morgantown, W.Va. – At the end of February, Mark Schmidt, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) trainer, returned to Kenner, LA, this time to teach the Light-Duty CNG Vehicle Technician Training.

The course, presented at the City of Kenner’s facilities, was hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership and funded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities. The four-day course helped participants understand numerous topics related to servicing, repairing, and maintaining light duty compressed natural gas vehicles.

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Mark Schmidt (second from right) and attendees at the Light Duty CNG Vehicle Technician Training in Kenner, LA, look under the hood of a CNG vehicle. Credit: New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.

Also at the end of February, NAFTC Director Bill Davis traveled to northeast Ohio for a February 24 Earth Day Coalition workshop. As part of their “Fuel for Thought” series, the workshop covered fleet applications using propane autogas and also featured Mike Walters from the Superior Energy Systems (SES) and Chelsea Jenkins from Roush.

“We have a long-standing relationship with both SES and Roush,” Davis said. “This familiarity between Mike, Chelsea, and I resulted in an enjoyable and fruitful exchange of ideas. Workshop participants discovered how propane autogas provides a great option for many fleet operations.”

Davis will present information about electric drive vehicles to the coalition in a third session.

First responder safety was the focus of training sessions in Eureka Springs, AR, on March 9 and 10. The first day, NAFTC trainer Chris Womock taught two sessions of the EMS Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles to trainers who will then train others. The next day, he conducted the Firefighter Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training.

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NAFTC Instructor Chris Womock works with participants in the EMS Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at the EMS & First Responders Conference held in Eureka Springs, AR. Credit: Patti Springs, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

“The Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition is proud to be able to partner with the Eureka Springs EMS & First Responders Conference to offer this training,” said Patti Springs of the Arkansas Energy Office. “It is important that our first responders be equipped with the training that provides them the knowledge of how to handle incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles—and the NAFTC training does just that. The feedback that we received from the attendees was that this was one of the best trainings that they have received.”

Presented at the City of Kenner’s facilities, the course was hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership and funded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities.

Finally, Micheal Smyth, NAFTC assistant director for curriculum development and training, joined Womock in Tehachapi, CA, to conduct safety training for first responders. Specifically, Smyth and Womock presented a newly developed module of the NAFTC’s First Responder Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training course, which provides a special emphasis on electric motorcycles and scooters. Funded by the San Joaquin Clean Cities Coalition, this was the first presentation of this addition to the existing course. Feedback from the participants will be used to finalize the module and be available for future trainings.

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Participants in the First Responder Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training inspect a Chevrolet Spark during training in Tehachapi, CA. Credit: NAFTC.

“With the growing popularity of cars such as the Toyota Prius and the Chevy Volt, firefighters and other first responders are increasingly aware of the unique properties of these vehicles,” said Smyth. “There are, however, other electric vehicles out there, including electric motorcycles and scooters. During this training, we discussed how the vehicles work and how emergency personnel can best deal with incidents involving them.”

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CONTACT: Judy Moore; National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
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About The NAFTC

The NAFTC was founded in 1992 and manages education and outreach programs and activities, develops curricula, and conducts training on subject matter related to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC works with universities, community colleges and high schools around the country to develop training programs for dissemination at the local level.

The organization consists of approximately 50 National and Associate Training Centers that utilize its curricula and training materials. Numerous other members from small business, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission. The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.