Training Opportunities

NAFTC Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training Online Course (FREE)

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is offering a limited number of firefighter scholarships to obtain FREE online Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training that will be available until February 8, 2014.

The NAFTC’s award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including:

  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles 

  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles 

  • Battery Electric Vehicles 

  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 

Participants in the self-paced Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure advanced electric drive vehicles. Participants will also complete online modules for personal protective equipment and gear, crash and fire, and extrication.

This course takes place completely online and does not require classroom participation. A certificate can be printed by the student upon successful completion of the course.

For more information and to register, please visit afvsafetytraining.com

Login information will be emailed to participants after completing an online registration form. Please allow up to three business days to receive your credentials.

Additional information on the NAFTC’s First Responder Safety Training offerings, including our first responder classroom offerings and free alternative fuel vehicle phone app, can be found at our web site: afvsafetytraining.com.

Scholarships for this online training are provided free of charge as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grant #EMW-2011-FP-00637. Please contact Laura Tinney at Laura.Tinney@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7882, extension 121, for more information.


​NPFA Webinar: Responding to Electrical Vehicle Battery Fires

February 11, 2014
12:30 - 2:00 pm EST

Fires involving cars, trucks and other highway vehicles are a common concern for emergency responders. Fire Service personnel are accustomed to responding to conventional vehicle fires, and generally receive training on the hazards associated with vehicle subsystems (e.g., air bag initiators, seat belt pre-tensioners, etc). For vehicle fires, and in particular fires involving electric drive vehicles, a key question for emergency responders is: "What is different with electric drive vehicles and what tactical adjustments are required?"

This webinar reviews the results of a recent research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. This research program was based on full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these electric vehicles, and the presentation will summarize these tests and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents.

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone who may respond to incidents involving electric or hybrid vehicles, including:
 fire service and law enforcement, emergency medical service technicians, and tow and salvage personnel.

Continuing Education Credit:
This session offers 0.2 CEU value.
 Upon successful completion of a course series, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.


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The OSFM maintains a DVD/Video library covering subjects that have an educational value in the field of fire prevention and fire protection.

The DVD/Videos are available to individuals and agencies having use for them with return postage the only expense to the borrowers.

Request your DVD/Video in advance of the date needed to assure that it is available and will reach you by your requested date. To best serve the interests of all who use the DVD/Video library, it is necessary to limit the time you have the DVD/Video’s in your possession to TWO WEEKS and two DVD/Videos out at one time.

You will find a complete list of our video library in the document below.

Please let us know if you are aware of excellent training materials that you think should be included in our resource library.