West Campus to host first responder training
First responders in East Texas will have the opportunity to learn how to keep drivers and
themselves safe during a training that teaches them how to more efficiently respond to accidents involving alternative fuel vehicles.
ETCOG and Tyler Junior College will host the "Clean Cities Learning Program First Responder Safety Training" on Nov. 12-13 at the TJC West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323 in Tyler.
The First Responder Safety Training consists of four modules, which include biofuels and biofuel vehicles, gaseous fuels and gaseous fuel vehicles, hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles, and electric drive vehicles. The two-day workshop will teach emergency personnel what they need to know about alternative fuel vehicles and how to respond at an accident scene, especially when involving extrication.
"Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are the future of transportation," said Rick McKnight, ETCOG Environmental Manager. "These next generation vehicles will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help keep our air clean. "Because alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are becoming more prevalent and will continue to increase in popularity, first responders must understand the differences between these cars and trucks and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles," McKnight added. "The First Responder
Safety Training provides a proactive approach to keeping emergency personnel and the citizens they serve safe."
The First Responder Safety Training is open to firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and hazardous response officials. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be given for completing the two day course. The curriculum is a component of the Clean Cities Learning Program, a project of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. CCLP is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Fred M. Peters