Free NGV and Station Awareness Training in Texas
Freedom CNG, which operates three Houston-area compressed natural gas fueling stations and one in the Permian Basin, recently hosted a series of free natural gas vehicle and fueling station awareness training sessions for area first responders.
Nearly 100 persons from the Midland Fire Department, the Midland County Sheriff organization, and the Texas Department of Transportation attended, the company says. They learned about CNG vehicles and fueling installations, abut LNG/liquefied natural gas, and pipeline damage prevention.
The four-hour sessions included classroom instruction, a CNG vehicle fueling demonstration, and a tour of Freedom CNG’s station in Midland.
Good for the Community
“More than 9,500 CNG vehicles are traveling our Texas highways,” said Freedom CNG business development and operations man Eddie Murray. “With more vehicles, there are more stations and a greater need for education.” Murray continues
“We want first responders to be familiar with our station and the different types of natural gas vehicles traveling the roads,” Murray said. “These awareness trainings are not only good for the first responders but for our community.”
First Response AFVs Workshop at ACT Expo
Want to learn more about alt fuel vehicles for first responders? Organizers of the fast approaching Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo are hosting a Choosing AFVs in First Response Operations workshop on the morning of Thursday, May 4.
“You can be prepared to make a decision on the transition to alternative fuel vehicles for your motorcycles, fire trucks, police vehicles, and more,” says ACT Expo 2017 organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) GNA – Santa Monica-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
The scheduled workshop speakers are
- Andrea Pratt, green fleet & fuel program manager, City of Seattle: Leading Adoption of AFVs for First Responder Applications;
- Dan Bowerson, director of technology & development, NGVAmerica: Natural Gas Vehicles in First Responder Operations;
- Linda Bluestein, National Clean Cities co-director, U.S. Department of Energy: AFVs for Resilience and Emergencies: A Project Overview; and
- Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development with PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council: Choosing Propane Vehicles in Emergency Situations.
The First Response Operations workshop at ACT Expo 2017 will be moderated by Bill Davis, director of NAFTC, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.
ACT Expo takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Sources: Freedom CNG and GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up