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Fiskville water allegations
I would like to reassure all CFA members - and other agencies that use the facility - that recent independent laboratory testing of water used for training purposes has been confirmed as meeting the health standards.
As a precaution, further routine testing was brought forward and all these results will be available to CFA later this week; however the e.coli (heath) indicator has been received and shows a favourable reading of 23MPN/100mL against the limit of 150.
CFA training will continue at Fiskville and advice will be provided to MFB, whose personnel are also training at the facility later this week.
Regular independent laboratory testing of training water has been conducted since health guidelines were established in conjunction with health and environmental authorities in 2009.
CFA will continue to regularly monitor water quality and review recycling practices in line with these guidelines and CFA's commitment to the health and safety of its people.
It is important to note that we have not had verifiable reports of poor water quality; nor of any health impacts from the water at Fiskville.
I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great work being undertaken at Fiskville by CFA members.
We appreciate the efforts of staff at Fiskville - especially during this period of greater focus on the facility - and on behalf of CFA, can I say thank-you.
Separate to these incorrect reports about water contamination, an independent investigation - headed by Chair Professor Rob Joy - is underway into historic practices at Fiskville Training College. His report is scheduled to be delivered to the CFA Board by 30 June. The Board will consider the report before releasing it publicly along with its response.
There has been a lot of work done by CFA members and staff at the facility to provide assistance to Professor Joy in his role of determining what happened at Fiskville between 1971 and 1999.
Our support of the needs of the Independent Fiskville Investigator, and our response to the report will continue to be guided by concern for the welfare of our people, past and present. But this would not have been possible without the assistance of our team at Fiskville who, amid all of this, have continued to provide a high-quality service to our members and stakeholders.
You can also listen to my interview from ABC Ballarat this morning: