Training to Cover More Auto Segments, Including Collision Repair
NAFTC, West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, is using an $800,000 Department of Energy Clean Cities grant to broaden its curriculum to include a wider range of automotive groups.
With alt fuel and advanced technology vehicles becoming more commonplace – more than 3.2 million on U.S. roads today – it’s high time to extend training initiatives to collision repair workers, to fueling and maintenance personnel, to tow truck operators, and to salvage yard and recycling operators, NAFTC says.
“What happens to your Prius after an accident or when it finally ends up in a salvage yard?” NAFTC asks.
‘Audiences Who Have Not Previously Been Considered’
“Through this initiative, the NAFTC will continue to develop curricula on alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles for audiences who have not previously been considered,” says a release. “These classes will follow the highly successful First Responder Safety Training series that has become the industry standard.
“The initiative will have a national impact and establish resources that will last beyond the project’s completion through online courses and a network of trained safety instructors.”
AFVs Are Safe, But ‘Different’
“This new funding will allow the NAFTC to continue to lead the way in ensuring that everyone coming into contact with an alternative fuel vehicle is trained to safely work with it,” NAFTC director Bill Davis said in the announcement.
“We are the only nationwide organization that provides training in all available alternative fuel vehicles,” Davis said. “We have learned that while they are as safe as traditional gasoline cars, alternative fuel vehicles are different, as are the safety procedures that workers need to follow in dealing with them.
“The need for proper training really extends to a much larger audience than anyone previously considered.”
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Source: NAFTC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up