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Fiskville Update #34

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 28 February, 2014

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In early January we commenced the first stage of civil engineering works at our Fiskville State Training College.  These works are now well advanced and will reduce the risk of water and sediments from the dams and Lake Fiskville, which contain residues from hot fire training activities, from discharging off-site.
There are four key elements of infrastructure which comprise these works: 
  • Creation of a channel to divert the Beremboke Creek around Lake Fiskville;
  • Installation of enhanced drainage systems on the PAD to divert stormwater away from the dams and Lake Fiskville;
  • Creation of a new wetland to filter stormwater before it enters the creek;
  • Installation of bunds to increase the capacity of the dams and Lake Fiskville for the storage of training waste water.
I am pleased to advise that the works are progressing well and are on track for completion by the end of April 2014 as planned.
I would like to thank the management and staff of Fiskville for their extensive input, involvement and assistance during this construction phase.
Very shortly we will begin to assess solution options for the next stage of works at Fiskville, which will include the remediation of the surface waters and sediments in the dams and Lake Fiskville.
In order to protect the new infrastructure from contamination (which would result in further costly remediation) and create the most optimal conditions for the next stage of works, the use of Class B firefighting foams at Fiskville must be suspended for a temporary period of 12 months, commencing immediately.  This suspension will be subject to review and further decision making in February of 2015.
There will be no use of Class B firefighting foams at our other training facilities during this period. 
This temporary suspension in the use of Class B firefighting foams at our training campuses will require some interim revisions to our operational training practices to enable our members to meet training objectives via alternative methods.
Whilst these temporary changes will create some challenges, they are necessary while we review and, where needed, enhance our environmental controls.
Mick Bourke
Last Updated: 10 December 2015