There’s an ‘app’ for that — NAFTC offers free iPhone Quick Reference Guide app for first responders aiding accidents involving alternative fuel vehicles

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January 3, 2012 by Judy Moore, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

Morgantown, W.Va.–The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium knows the hazards that alternative fuelQRG poster and advanced technology vehicles could pose to emergency personnel, is sharing their knowledge with first responders through a free iTunes app to help at the scene of an accident involving one of these high tech vehicles.

The first responder quick reference guide app called QRG offers information about for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen.

The app can be used on both the iPhone and the iPad. Download the app.

Detailed, vehicle-specific information includes identification mechanisms, disconnect procedures, and other special concerns. Although similar, each vehicle has distinct differences that make it unique, and first responders need to know and understand these differences.

More than one million electric drive vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2015 in addition to hundreds of thousands of alternative fuel vehicles, according to Consortium Executive Director Al Ebron.

“Electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles are an important part of the future of transportation because they reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and keep our air cleaner,” Ebron said. “Because more consumers are choosing electric drive or alternative fuel vehicles, first responders must understand the differences between these and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles are as safe as conventional vehicles, but they are different.”

A print version of the QRG is available as a durable flipbook for emergency personnel to use at the scene of an accident. It details various makes and models of electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles, alerting first responders to such items as high-voltage cables and cut zones and is available for a nominal cost.

The app is part of the NAFTC’s First Responder Safety Training program developed under two grants – the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, and the Clean Cities Learning Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program.

The program targets firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and hazardous response officials. The training covers modules on electric drive vehicles, biofuels and biofuel vehicles, gaseous fuels and gaseous fuel vehicles and hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The suite of products includes instructor manuals, participant booklets and the quick reference guide. Online courses will be available in 2012.

More training sessions are planned for various locations throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.naftc.wvu.edu/ or www.afvsafetytraining.com.

The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

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CONTACT: Judy Moore, (304) 293-7882

See also:  WVUToday