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All fired up! Work starts on new MFB training centre

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03 Dec 2012
Work is officially under way on Victoria’s new $109 million emergency services training centre in Craigieburn, Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine announced yesterday.

Fly through video of the facility.

Dr Napthine joined members from Victoria’s emergency services organisations to inspect the new site and turn the first sod on the landmark project.

“In the coming weeks work will begin to lay the gas pipes that will bring the facility’s 12 fire training simulation buildings to life,” Dr Napthine said.

“Following the completion of the in-ground works, the builder will start work on the 5,800 square metre academic building, with the first of the structural steel going up around April next year.

This facility marks a new era for emergency services in Victoria and we expect it will be operational in 2014.

“This fantastic new facility supports a vital move towards interagency training and an all hazards approach to emergency management in Victoria,”Dr Napthine said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said the new facility would bolster training across a range of Victorian emergency services.

“It is expected that the facility will also provide frontline training facilities for a number of the state’s other key emergency service organisations including the Country Fire Authority, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the State Emergency Services,” Mr Ryan said.

“In addition to this $109 million development, in 2012-13 the Victorian Coalition Government has allocated almost $57 million to emergency services for infrastructure improvements, including $22.9 million to build or upgrade rural fire stations across the state.”

MFB Chief Executive Officer, Nick Easy, said the facility will ensure the MFB remains one of the best trained emergency services organisations in Australia.

“The Craigieburn MFB Training College will provide our current and future work force with access to comprehensive international standard practical and traditional training facilities,” Mr Easy said

“The Victorian community can rest assured knowing its fire fighters will have the best possible training to deal with responding to increasingly complex emergency scenarios.”

Mr Easy said the first of the practical training buildings would be constructed on site around the middle of next year starting with the marine scenario and a high rise building.

Dr Napthine said the facility would capture, treat and recycle all water used in training exercises.

“As a result, the facility will have the capacity to reduce its reliance on mains supply by recycling up to 150 million litres of water each year,” Dr Napthine said.

Leighton contractors will build the facility which is expected to generate around 136 Victorian jobs and inject around $232 million into the state economy.

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