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Investing in Fiskville's future
CFA Training College Fiskville is set to become one of Australia’s leading firefighter training facilities following a significant allocation of funds in today’s state budget.
The Victorian Government has committed $16.8 million over four years to upgrade the facility and implement the 10 recommendations of Professor Rob Joy’s Understanding the Past to Inform the Future report, and other management initiatives.
CEO Mick Bourke welcomed the announcement which would also see upgrades at six Regional Training Grounds.
“This important funding secures the future of Fiskville as a firefighter training facility for decades to come. CFA is grateful to the Victorian Government for its long term commitment to Fiskville,” Mr Bourke said.
He said the announcement would give certainty to staff who work at the facility and the tens of thousands of CFA firefighters who receive vital training at Fiskville.
Work is already well advanced on development plans for upgrades to the Fiskville site, including options to modernise the fire water training system and to address specific areas of contamination.
Town’s mains water is being used for firefighter training until a new system is implemented.
Fiskville remains safe for staff, trainees and visitors.
WorkSafe has confirmed it is comfortable with training at the Fiskville site, including use of fuels, fire suppression fluids and water.
Mr Bourke said the Environmental Protection Authority was providing welcome oversight of the program of works.
All deadlines have been met, including the appointment of an EPA environmental auditor.
Implementation of the 10 recommendations is being carried out under the oversight of an Independent Monitor, former Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police, Kieran Walshe.
“This announcement gives CFA certainty to continue planning and commissioning works into the future. This is a strong vote of confidence by the Victorian Government in CFA’s volunteer and career firefighters.” Mr Bourke said.
A project manager to coordinate works was expected to be appointed shortly.