May 28, 2015 by NAFTC News
Morgantown, W.Va. – National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) staff members attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, April 20-25, 2015. FDIC is the world’s largest fire training-based conference and exhibition dedicated to delivering outstanding training to the men and women of the fire service.
Kerber commented that “firefighting is very complex, and it is difficult to learn on the fly while you are trying to execute a plan, perform tasks, and see the big picture all at once.”
“It’s an opportunity for us to promote what we do for first responders at the world’s largest firefighter training event,” said NAFTC Assistant Director, Training and Curriculum Development Michael Smyth.
The NAFTC created a suite of First Responder Safety Training products to address the critical need for alternative fuel vehicle training for first responders. Participants of the NAFTC First Responder Safety Training 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 information that the NAFTC provides through our training program for first responders is critical for the safety and well-being of every firefighter that responds to an incident involving an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle,” said Bill Davis, NAFTC Director.
Kerber closed his speech with a challenge for attendees. “Let’s create a legacy of intelligent professionals, critically thinking firefighters, who will continually work to get better. Let’s build on the foundation of 200+ years of firefighting in a way that continues to make sense as the fire environment evolves. Firefighter effectiveness is an evolution. There is no one answer today, and we aren’t going to solve it tomorrow. It is a process that is ongoing, and we all need to invest in it.”
Conference attendees were able to attend hundreds of presentations and sessions on industry topics, visit a wide range of exhibitors and vendors, and attend trainings before and during the conference. Other events included a 5k run and a 9/11 memorial stair climb. This was the 88th annual FDIC conference with more than 30,000 participants from more than 53 nations.
CONTACT: Judy Moore; NAFTC