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Fire investigators visit NZ Training Centre
CFA fire investigators travelled to the New Zealand Fire Service National Training Centre in Rotorua last month to inspect the training facilities and learn from New Zealand’s experience.
The Fire Investigation Unit is currently designing a new purpose-built fire investigation training facility for the VEMTC Huntly Campus. Significant research has been undertaken over recent months to identify the types of facilities being used by other jurisdictions to deliver the practical elements of structural fire investigation training.
Senior Station Officer Geoff Ranzenhofer is the Fire Investigation Coordinator for District 14. He took part in the recent visit to New Zealand along with State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey, who is coordinating the project.
“The New Zealand Fire Service has a very similar design to what CFA has been planning for our new training facility,” Geoff said.
“We really appreciated the opportunity to visit the National Training Centre and see first-hand how the facility operates.”
During the visit, CFA’s fire investigators were given the chance to observe “room burns”, which were being conducted as part of an operational fire-fighting course.
“This gave us fantastic insight into some of the innovative practices the NZ Fire Service has been rolling out in terms of fire investigation training,” said Geoff.
The CFA Fire Investigation Training Working Group will now use the learnings from the New Zealand training campus to inform the design of the new Huntly facilities.
Works on CFA’s new fire investigation facility are expected to commence in mid-2017.