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Fiskville update #27
Reports in the media this morning have sought to make false links between environmental works at CFA's Fiskville Training College and the safety of our members who work and train at the facility.
I'd like to reiterate that Fiskville is safe for use by all volunteers, staff, trainees and visitors.
CFA has worked closely with WorkSafe, as the relevant workplace safety authority, to ensure the safety of the site. WorkSafe has visited Fiskville on a number of occasions and issued a formal letter stating that it "acknowledged the continued operation of the Fiskville Training Facility in accordance with the risk controls associated with dangerous goods and fire fighting water presented during inspector visits conducted since 6 December 2011".
In late January of this year CFA welcomed the Environment Protection Authority's (EPA) oversight of plans to assess and manage environmental matters at Fiskville relating to historical firefighting training practices - as identified in the Professor Rob Joy Report Understanding the Past to Inform the Future and the related Golder and Associates reports. These reports were both released publicly in July 2012 and remain posted on our website.
CFA is implementing all of Professor Joy's recommendations as well as additional management initiatives, including extensive environment and human health assessments, upgrades to Fiskville's water supply and treatment systems, plans for the diversion of a creek and the appointment of the Independent Monitor - Fiskville.
This work is well advanced and all EPA deadlines have been met, including the appointment of an EPA statutory environmental auditor.
A thorough examination of Fiskville by environmental engineering firm Cardno Lane Piper has found no buried drums or contaminated groundwater, very minor soil contamination in two small areas on the site, no risks associated with landfills and only a small area of saturated soil (about 1-3 meters deep around one of the dams).
I'd like to thank everyone for their patience and support as this work progresses and we will continue providing updates every step of the way.
I encourage any member wanting health and welfare services to call the CFA hotline on 1800 628 616.