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Fiskville Update #33

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 23 August, 2013

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Some of you may have seen another Herald Sun story last weekend, which put into question the future of CFA's Training College Fiskville, which I cannot allow to pass unchallenged.

The fact is, in the last State budget the Government allocated $16.8m to implement the recommendations of the Professor Rob Joy report and additional management initiatives.

This will ensure Fiskville remains a vital part of Victoria's emergency service training capacity for decades to come.

Fiskville is part of the network of multi-agency, all-hazard training facilities across the state, providing better access for all emergency personnel, no matter where they live.

Work is well advanced and soon reports on the issues identified by the Joy report will be finalised by leading environmental engineering firm Cardno Lane Piper (CLP).

So far CLP's investigations have provided encouraging results. Examination of soil and water has shown residual contamination is largely confined to the dams formerly used to supply water for firefighting training.

For over a year now, the PAD water supply has been drawn from the town mains, and this will continue until the new training water system is installed.

Fiskville remains safe for staff, trainees and visitors and we continue to work closely with WorkSafe and the EPA, ensuring safety is our number one priority for the CFA and Fiskville community.

Mick Bourke


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