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Coalition hosts NFPA Alternative Fuel First Responder Safety Training

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On April 12th the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition hosted a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Alternative Fuels First Responder Training in Oklahoma City.

Firefighters, educators, utilities, and career technology educators from around the state participated in the training.

The one day workshop focused on first responder safety when handling alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, natural gas, and propane. Because these fuels have different properties than gasoline and diesel fuels response to vehicular crashes can require different incident response.

The workshop was held in partnership with NFPA and Virginia Clean Cities made possible through a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.

“Oklahoma has more CNG stations per capita than any other state in the country, which means we have a lot of CNG vehicles on the road but also big growth in the number of hybrid, electric, and propane vehicles that all may be involved in incidents”, said Eric Pollard, ACOG's Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator. “We’ve worked hard with our partners to make sure Oklahoma’s first responders have the best training and knowledge available.”

Designed as a ‘Train-the-Trainer’ course, many of the fire departments present can now incorporate materials into their own department’s trainings for new recruits and veterans of their departments.

“When responding to vehicle crashes there’s more of a chance than ever that a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle is involved,”  said Rodney Foster, Midwest City Fire Department Training Chief. “It is important for first responders to be able to identify these vehicles and use proper safety measures to protect accident victims and themselves.”

Heartland CNG and Bob Howard Chevrolet provided vehicles so participants could get hands-on experience with alternative fuel vehicles.

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