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Unified training model
The State Fire and Emergency Services Training Framework lays the foundations for a unified approach to fire and emergency services training and exercising in Victoria and sets out the future direction for a range of joint actions.
The framework will foster the joint development and delivery of programs and investments and joint funding submissions for training and exercising based initiatives.
One of the key elements of the framework is the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centres Strategy. Its objective is to maximise the accessibility and availability of fixed and mobile training props to representatives of the Emergency Management sector.
This strategy does not replace the training strategies of each fire and emergency service, but instead provides a framework for common needs.
“This is a significant cultural change in firefighter training, with a strong focus in interagency planning at the state level,” says Lex de Man, Executive Director, OT&V.
“It also means that our members have access to the new Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC), located at Craigieburn.”
CFA has started to implement the changes. This includes branding our eight campuses under Emergency Management Victoria – Victorian Emergency management Training Centre.
Another key element in delivering the statewide strategy is having a single approach to career recruit firefighters in Victoria.
On 18 August 2014, 12 members each from CFA and MFB embarked on the first co-ordinated Recruit Firefighter Course which is being held at both the Craigieburn and Fiskville sites.
Over 10 weeks, the recruits from each agency will train together around classroom theory and practical drills at Craigieburn and for another seven weeks, CFA recruits will train at Fiskville undertaking hot fire training, theory and driving training. Their MFB counterparts will continue with their curriculum at Craigieburn. Recruits will graduate together on 12 December 2014 and be awarded a Certificate 2 in Fire Operations.
This course will evolve into a fully integrated training course over the next three years.
This is a landmark initiative for Victorian emergency management reform and an independent evaluation will help define the next phase of the program.
“The realisation of a joint recruit course will progress greater interoperability of the fire services, both operationally and culturally”, said Chief Officer Euan Ferguson.