Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are becoming more prevalent in Kentucky. Each year, more and more AFVs are being purchased in the region. The impact of AFV crashes involves serious on‐scene injuries to both emergency responders and vehicle occupants. Emergency responders need to be adequately prepared to safely handle incidents involving AFVs.
Alternative fuel vehicle training for first responders is a top priority of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. In 2018, coalition staff began statewide efforts to coordinate with first responders to review the current status of alternative fuel vehicle safety training and assess needs for expanded training. Coalition efforts included speaking at the 2018 Traffic Incident Management Regional Conference, working with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Traffic Incident Management, and coordinating on grant opportunities with the Kentucky Fire Commission.
The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition has hosted multiple First Responder Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training sessions in 2017 and in 2019, held at 3 different locations around Kentucky. After the statewide training is held, the coalition use its extensive network of fleets with alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to facilitate additional training sessions to be held in areas where these fleets of operate.
What We Are Doing To Help
The coalition has also been expanding our alternative fuel vehicle safety resource information. Current vehicle specific guides exist for light-duty vehicles, but not heavy-duty fleet vehicles. Therefore, the coalition is establishing a database of heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicle safety information for first responders. Fleets are encouraged to participate by submitting safety information regarding their vehicles. All of the submissions are voluntary. The voluntary safety information can include the following items:
- Critical safety details for the alternative fuel/advanced transportation technology in use by the fleet
- Location of the fueling tanks and/or batteries with safety parameters
- Photos of vehicles with identifying markers for easy identification of fuel type
- Steps for emergency shutdown procedures including images for:
- Setting the parking break
- Turning off the engine (if applicable)
- Turning off the electrical system
- Turning off the fueling system (if applicable)
Fleets interested in being included in the database can enter their contact information below. Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition staff will reach out to you.
In addition, through the resources provided by Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, first responders and emergency personnel should be able to find the appropriate channels and information in order to:
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Quick Reference Material
Click the image below to download the National Fire Protection Association’s Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Quick Reference file.
Submerged Hybrid/Electric Vehicles Reference Material
Click the image below to download the National Fire Protection Association’s Submerged Hybrid/Electric Vehicles Reference file.
Emergency Response Guides
Please see below for the following Emergency Response Guides from the various alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers. These guides are free to download. To access these documents, visit manufacturer web pages below:
- Azure Dynamics
- Fisker Automotive
- Green Power Motors
- Nova Bus
- Tesla Motors
- Van Hool Bus
- Free Online Safety Training for U.S. Fire Service on Incidents Involving AFVs
- Tools – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Emergency Field Guide App
- Alternative Fuel Vehicles 3D Exploratory App
- Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Quick Reference Sheet
- NAFTC offers courses and workshops in traditional classroom and
online learning formats
- Learn extrication techniques for electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles
- Features a suite of modern technology products and training for biofuel, gaseous fuel, hydrogen, and electric drive vehicles.