NGVi is now more than natural gas. Welcome to the new Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute – AFVi!

NGV Training for Firefighters and First Responders

This instructor-led course teaches first responders the fundamentals of compressed natural gas vehicles in a way that will enable them to appropriately respond to emergencies involving these vehicles. It explains the properties of natural gas and how it differs from liquid fuels, and then proceeds with detailed instruction on each component of the CNG fuel system, including their functions and how first responders may need to interact with those components during an emergency.  The course also teaches first responders proper response techniques to CNG or LNG vehicle incidents.



Delivery Mode

Live Online

Who Should Attend?

  • Firefighters
  • Emergency Medical Teams
  • Law Enforcement
  • Other First Responders

Course Objectives

  • Describe the properties, characteristics and hazards of natural gas
  • Identify the differences between natural gas and gasoline and diesel fuels
  • Identify and locate on vehicles all major low- and high-pressure CNG fuel system components; describe their operation and safety features
  • Describe the differences between dedicated, bi-fuel, and dual-fuel NGVs
  • Identify the four types of CNG storage cylinders, their construction methods and safety devices
  • Identify methods for identifying CNG vehicles if placards and other identifiers are missing or obscured
  • Describe CNG fueling station equipment, safety devices, operation and fueling procedures
  • Describe personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used when responding to a CNG or LNG incident
  • Describe steps for proper response to CNG incidents
  • Describe procedures for rescuing vehicle occupants from CNG or LNG vehicle incidents
  • Describe the seven major fire response scenarios for CNG or LNG vehicle incidents
  • Describe prediction logic for CNG cylinder behavior during fires

Course Outline

Module 1 Properties and Characteristics of Natural Gas
Module 2 CNG High-Pressure Fuel System Operation
Module 3 CNG Fuel System Components Important to Firefighters and Their Function
Module 4 What Firefighters and First Responders Need to Know About CNG Storage Cylinders
Module 5 CNG Fueling Station Safety Systems
Module 6 Proper Fire Response to CNG Vehicle Incidents
Module 7 Fire Response Scenarios
Module 8 Hands-On Exercises


Instructional staff members of colleges, universities, private training organizations, fleets, dealers or manufacturers are not candidates for this course, but have numerous options for bringing AFVi’s training classes to their campuses or facilities. For more information, contact us at 800-510-6484.