The N.C. Solar Center, a nonprofit tied to N.C. State University that focuses on renewable energy and clean transportation, is now offering online alternative-fuels training for first responders.
The online coursework is similar to the organization's live workshop, which is presented via three modules: gaseous fuels (natural gas and propane), biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) and electric vehicles (battery electric, hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric). The material is presented in classroom lecture and discussion format with corresponding Power Point slides, brief subject-matter videos, and videos of hands-on vehicle reviews. Each module is broken into 10-30 minute sections for self-paced review online.
The workshop is led by Rich Cregar, an instructor and vehicle technician with over 25 years of alternative fuels experience. Additional support was provided by Wilson and Nash Community College's fire and emergency programs instructors.
Fleets and first responders can click here to access links to the materials.