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Fiskville update #6

By: Mick Bourke

  10.00 AM 25 January, 2012

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Given recent reports about the historical live fire fighting training activities at Fiskville, some members and their families may have concerns about the current safety of the Fiskville site. We can assure you that the ground is safe for all staff, trainees and visitors - this has been confirmed by two independent hygiene reports.

The hygienists, both commissioned by CFA, found that while there were some minor areas for improvement, there were no significant risks to the health and safety of those working at the site or those attending as trainees or visitors.

The reports provide reassurance to everyone who regularly uses the Fiskville facility. The health and safety of our people is the highest priority and the hygiene reports give us confidence that Fiskville is safe.

You can download a PDF of the hygienist reports here and here.

As we've mentioned previously the Independent Investigator's inquiry is now well advanced and on track to report in March.

The Independent Investigator, Professor Rob Joy has been handed a copy of the 1988 geotechnical report which tested the contents of, and soil around, drums buried at the site. The report found the drums are likely to have contained resins and solvents. This includes substances such as benzene, toluene, xylene and phenol. Records indicate that the drums were removed in 1991 by an authorised waste management firm. The Independent Investigator will continue to asses the burial site for any residual contamination.

We are honouring our earlier commitment to make the 1988 geotechnical report available and Professor Joy has indicated his support for CFA to release these reports publicly.

You can download a PDF of the report here.

We remain committed to establishing the facts about historic chemical use at Fiskville and we will continue to provide support to the Independent Investigator as well as welfare support for our members, past and present.

Footnote:
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