October 27, 2014
Brent Belcher, Toyota of Albany , left, instructs Jason Ribolla (white shirt) and other firefighters on Toyota hybrid cars. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — In the event of a vehicle emergency, firefighters are trained on how to safely enter a disabled vehicle and free its occupants. But times are changing and not all vehicles operate with standard internal combustion engines. Responders could face unfamiliar dangers in the form of extremely high voltage.
That’s why a dozen or so members of the Albany Fire Department were at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road this past week, poking around the innards of some high-tech hybrid cars. “It a whole different thing with a hybrid,” said Jason Ribolla, training officer at the AFD. “These cars are silent when they’re running on electricity and if you don’t know what you’re doing, power goes to the wheels and the vehicle starts to move.”
October 7, 2014
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Since Florida passed a natural gas-vehicle rebate program, the amount of fueling stations have increased by more than 200%, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.
Since 2012, when the state passed the Natural Fuel Gas Vehicle Rebate program, Florida has added 43 compressed natural gas fueling stations with an additional 29 planned, according to the coalition. Currently, there are 61 active CNG stations.
“The fleets in my legislative district, Jacksonville, and its surrounding area have begun the transition to the clean burning American natural gas,” state Rep. Lake Ray said in a statement