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Mobile Training Props ready to go
CFA’s new mobile training props have arrived with the three units now ready for user evaluation out in the field.
CFA has been given sign-off by Energy Safe Victoria following a long technical compliance process to ensure the mobile props are safe to use.
OT&V Manager Training Delivery, Craig Ferguson says the mobile props are unique 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. Volunteer training activities need to be conducted at times and locations which meet the needs of the targeted volunteers. These new training assets will assist volunteers to achieve proficiency in operational skills and support operational skills maintenance by simulating appropriate fire environments such as heat and smoke scenarios.”
Craig added “Training is the cornerstone of safe and effective operations in an emergency service. Fire fighting training infrastructure is a fundamental enabler of CFA's capacity to conduct operational fire-fighting and emergency management activities.”
The three mobile training props are designed to replicate a fire in various training scenarios. The vehicle prop replicates a car fire in an open garage; the house training prop features a kitchen and lounge room; and the third unit imitates a small industrial scenario. Each mobile prop is made of steel construction, mounted on a swing-out frame and are built on a transportable shipping container style platform (six metres in length by two point four metres wide).
Leona Latcham, Project Manager Training Infrastructure, says the props provide volunteers with greatly improved access to realistic, safe and effective operational training opportunities. “Each of the props will be cycled through the CFA Regions to give as many volunteers as possible an opportunity to be part of the evaluation process.”
Training and evaluation will be coordinated by the OT&V Team with Regional Training teams assisting with selection of brigades which will participate in the program.
“This is innovative and leading edge training equipment which has not previously been used in Victoria’s fire and emergency service agencies,” Craig says.
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.
The three training props will be on display at this year’s CFA Championships and members of the OT&V team will be on hand to discuss the capabilities of the units.
You can view a link to images of the mobile training props here.