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Emergency training hots up in Sunraysia

Emergency services volunteers from across the north west will now have better access to practical training with the opening of a new training campus in Mildura.

The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) – Sunraysia campus, which was officially opened today, will enhance volunteer training and help develop the skills firefighters need to protect their local communities.

CFA CEO Michael Wootten said the Mildura campus, the seventh regional training site in Victoria, would be a great asset for the region.

“It’s been a long journey from the initial concept in 2007, through to the beginning of construction early last year and it will be well worth the wait,” Mr Wootten said.

“Mildura will now be home to a modern training centre and one which services the wider community.”

The training campus features a Breathing Apparatus Training Prop, Breathing Apparatus maintenance building, hot fire training props, administration and classroom accommodation.

Mr Wootten said all VEMTC campuses were purpose-designed to allow volunteers to take part in training scenarios which were as close as possible to reality.

“Training offered at these centres is practical and scenario-based, meaning members can experience ‘live fire’ in a safe, controlled and realistic environment,” he said.

“This is essential for preparing our members for the varied and often complex types of fires and other incidents they will attend.

“Prior to this opening, the nearest training facility was located at Longerenong or Huntly, each more than 300 kilometres away, so having a training centre in Mildura will mean much less time spent travelling by CFA volunteers.”

Last Updated: 29 August 2015