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International Conference on Hydrogen Safety. San Sebastian, Spain September 11-13 2007. The Hydrogen Executive Leadership Panel Initiative for Emergency Responder Training Presentation 1.5.130. William P. Chernicoff Commissioner Rick McCullough Chief Fred Postel.

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international conference on hydrogen safety

International Conference on Hydrogen Safety

San Sebastian, Spain

September 11-13

2007

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The Hydrogen Executive Leadership PanelInitiative for Emergency Responder TrainingPresentation 1.5.130

William P. Chernicoff

Commissioner Rick McCullough

Chief Fred Postel

the hydrogen executive leadership panel
The Hydrogen Executive Leadership Panel

HELP

  • Mission: To facilitate the safest possible transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen
the hydrogen executive leadership panel1
The Hydrogen Executive Leadership Panel
  • Co-sponsored by US DOT and National Association of State Fire Marshals
  • Diverse, expert membership
  • Primary areas of concentration
    • Emergency responder safety
    • Safety codes and standards
    • Public education
the challenge
The Challenge
  • New technologies in demonstrations and commercially available products are entering the market
  • Training 1.2 million firefighters, 800,000 law enforcement officers and 200,000 local safety code enforcement officers
  • Training is defined by law and may differ by state
  • Codes and standards not ready for all applications
  • Public wary of hydrogen risks
a disappointing study ethanol
A Disappointing Study: Ethanol
  • Billions of dollars invested
    • 85+ ethanol production facilities built or under construction
    • US automakers committed to “flex fuel” autos
  • But …
    • Ethanol producers refused offers of HELP
    • Many states will not permit for E-85
    • Lack of a standard for dispensing units
    • Responders not yet trained or equipped
    • Placard does not differentiate between ethanol and gasoline
a more satisfying case study pipeline emergencies
A more satisfying case study: Pipeline Emergencies
  • Safety training curriculum and materials
    • Textbook
    • Instructors’ Guide
    • PowerPoint with 10 interactive scenarios
    • Videotape, CD-ROM, dedicated website
  • Results to date
    • 26,000 packets in use
    • 8,000 trainers trained
    • Program part of standard training in 23 states
    • SPANISH AWARD
helping to train responders for hydrogen emergencies
HELPing to train responders for hydrogen emergencies
  • Expert team assembled
  • Model program outlined
  • Existing safety training programs evaluated
  • One program selected for refinement and North American distribution
  • Negotiate, refine, produce (Underway)
  • Implementation (Projected to begin 1Q07)
expert team
Expert Team
  • Same leadership as Pipeline Emergencies
  • Emergency responders
  • State and local fire marshals
  • Automakers
  • Energy producers
  • Technology and insurance companies
  • Independent scientists
subject matter outline
Subject Matter Outline
  • Fuel/Power
    • Fuel type/state
    • Fuel hazards and properties
    • Recognition and identification of fuel
  • Vehicle Construction/Features
    • Overview of alternative fuel vehicles
    • Automotive type/design
    • Recognition and identification of vehicle
    • Vehicle hazards and properties
subject matter outline continued
Subject Matter Outline (Continued)
  • Response Procedures
    • Safety and size up issues
    • Initial actions for securing hazards
    • Vehicle/fuel stabilization actions
    • Incident plans/response procedures
    • Response to fuel release
    • Primary extrication
  • Model SOPs/Guidelines similar to ERG
  • Other response issues, i.e., first aid, hazardous materials
selection of best available program
Selection of Best Available Program
  • Criteria
    • Meets responder training needs
    • Fits legal requirements for training
    • Developed with responder input
    • Field tested
  • Selected program from California Fuel Cell Partnership and West Sacramento, CA, Fire Department
  • Now in negotiations on best path forward
framework of program implementation
Framework of Program Implementation
  • Elements – “Blended Learning”
    • Train the trainer courses
    • Regional Training Centers
    • Mobile training units
    • Interactive website to reinforce training
  • Outreach
    • “Early adopter” communities and demonstrations
    • Partnerships with training academies
    • Flexibility to accommodate differences in how States deliver training
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Don’t “ethanol” HydrogenPublic Safety Officials are your full partners in the transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen.

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