Bruceton-Brandonville VFD holds an alternative fuel vehicle extrication class

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BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va — North central West Virginia firefighters and paramedics gathered at the Bruceton-Brandonville Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday to learn more about alternative fuel cars.

The group learned how to safely handle hybrid, electric, natural gas and propane vehicles in the event of an accident.

A trainer for the alternative fuel vehicle extrication class uses Jaws of Life to remove the hood of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. (Image WBOY)

The class is also useful not only for learning different things about alternative fuel vehicles, but also how new vehicles are typically built.

Bruceton-Brandonville VFD chief Adam Hoffman said that while alternative-powered vehicles aren’t popular in West Virginia yet, he thinks they will be soon. He also said the training could come in handy with cars from all over traveling on I-68 near his department.

“It’s an incredible turnout. We have over 80 firefighters from two states, three counties, and 18 fire departments and EMS represented here today. So clearly this training was much needed, and we’re thrilled for being able to provide it,” said Chief Hoffman.

The demonstration was made possible with the help of VFD Bruceton-Brandonville, the Interstate Rescue Service and Ford Motor Company, which provided a Ford Fusion Hybrid from its research and development division for the class.

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