June 20, 2012 — First responders across the country can now apply for financial assistance to receive the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Electric Vehicle Safety Training, a nationwide program designed to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. Fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) providers are eligible to apply for grants available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program (AFG).
“We are encouraging first responders everywhere to consider applying for this much-needed program,” said NFPA Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project Manager Andrew Klock. “With cuts affecting fire departments across the country, grants like this will allow many to educate their personnel with the necessary electric vehicle safety information to better protect their communities.”
As electric and hybrid vehicles become more commonplace on America’s roadways, first responders must quickly adapt and equip themselves with the essential information to safely and confidently respond to emergencies involving electric vehicles. To help ensure that first responders everywhere have access to this program, NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training course will be available online by July 2012. The online training program will soon be available for $19.00 per participant. However, fire departments can apply for FEMA’s AFG program to cover the cost of this online training, or to receive an instructor-led classroom training course.
First responders are encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity, as all applications must be received by Friday, July 6, 2012, 5 p.m. EST. Career, volunteer and combination fire departments are eligible to apply. For more information or to apply, visit www.fema.gov/firegrants. Any questions about the application process can be directed to the AFG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960.
Visit NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training website, and for more information on the availability and cost of a classroom training for your department, please contact Angela Burke at NFPA at +1 617 984-7530.
About NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project
NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program designed to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. The NFPA project, funded by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, provides first responders with information they need to most effectively deal with potential emergency situations involving electric vehicles.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.