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Vehicle Innovations Shaping the Future of Emergency Responsiveness

February 2015

First gasoline-hybrid, then battery-electric, and now fuel cell. As hydrogen fuel cell vehicles begin to enter the market, first responders need advanced training for emergencies. Researchers at PNNL collaborated with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) to develop safety tools and training information, now available online at the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Emergency Response Training Resource.

This free resource serves as a one-stop shop for reliable hydrogen and fuel cell information, empowering government and private training organizations nationwide to develop customized training programs with accurate content and consistent messaging. Agencies from small fire stations to corporate security departments are invited to access this training resource to help their staff be prepared for emergencies involving fuel cells and hydrogen to maintain the goal of protecting lives and preserving property. The potential for fuel cell applications is as broad as the need for stationary and portable power sources and includes passenger cars, warehouse forklifts, and stationary power installations.

The project, which launched in October 2013, was funded by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and was supported by the CaFCP. Interested stakeholders can download the publicly available materials here and learn more at the webinar on March 24, 2015. For more information, read the DOE article or contact Nick Barilo.

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