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Mobile Props now out and about
CFA has begun a nine month trial phase for volunteers to evaluate the three new prototype mobile training props.
The program of state wide trials started with a demonstration for CFA’s Hume Group personnel in District 14 who got the first look at the operation of the props behind the Hume Group Headquarters (the old Greenvale fire station).
The three prototype mobile training props are designed to replicate a fire in various training scenarios including a car fire in an open garage; a house training prop that features a kitchen and lounge room; and the third unit which imitates a small industrial scenario.
OT&V Manager Training Delivery, Craig Ferguson says the mobile props are a unique first for CFA. “We’ve never had this type of training equipment before where we’ve had the ability to take simulated structural fire training directly to brigades’” he said. “These new training assets will assist volunteers to achieve proficiency in operational skills and support skills maintenance by simulating appropriate fire environments such as heat and smoke scenarios.”
“We expect about eight volunteers in each CFA District will have the opportunity to be trained to operate and instruct with the units,” Craig said. The objective of the trial phase is to understand and remedy any issues, and identify opportunities prior to adding any further props to the fleet.”
Craig said the props provide volunteers with greatly improved access to realistic, safe and effective operational training opportunities. Ian Dunbar, CFA’s Training Manager for Gippsland concurs. “Some of our brigades have to travel three hours or more to and from the West Sale Training campus so we see the prototype mobile training props having a three-fold advantage,” he said. “The first is that we can take training to remote brigades; secondly it greatly increases our capacity to deliver hot fire training; and thirdly it supports skills maintenance and crew leader skills in a much more realistic environment.”
The Captain of the Doreen fire brigade Chris Maries thinks the house training prop which features a kitchen and lounge room will be of most value when training new volunteers or those that have had little experience with structure fires. “They’re a very good basis for teaching the elementary of structural fire fighting in that firefighters can practice how to size-up, approach and attack the fire,” he said.
.Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) is supportive of the trialing of the prototype mobile props. VFBV Executive Officer Allan Monti believes the trial will provide a good opportunity for volunteer brigades to have a first-hand look at the units, test them and provide feedback. “We’re pleased with the concept and the bonus is that the trial will generate volunteer discussion – and that’s a good start,” Alan added.
The prototype mobile props will be delivered to predetermined CFA sites across the state this year so that local brigades and groups in all 8 Regions can trial them.
CFA Operational Training and Volunteerism (OT&V) staff will accompany each prop during the trial period to ensure safety processes are adhered to during siting and operation and record observations and evaluation.
The Mobile Training Infrastructure Project stems from the Volunteer Support Package which is a series of Programs that recognise and support the volunteer service delivery model as crucial to the future delivery of fire and emergency services to Victoria.