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Leighton Contractors to construct new $109 million training facility for MFB.

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10 Aug 2012
Construction on the new MFB training facility is scheduled to start in coming months with the centre set to be operational in late 2014.

The appointment of Leighton Contractors to build the Metropolitan Fire  Brigade’s (MFB) new $109 million world class training facility at  Craigieburn has been welcomed by Deputy Premier and Minister for Police  and Emergency Services Peter Ryan and Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine.

Mr Ryan said the purpose-built facility would create 136 full time jobs  through the construction phase and give firefighters the chance to train  in conditions that replicate Melbourne’s urban landscape.

“In addition to classroom learning facilities, this new training centre  will feature simulated learning scenarios that are unique to Melbourne  including train and tram infrastructure, marine settings and retail  shopping environments,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Craigieburn facility will also be a dynamic example of incorporating  agency interoperability, supporting the shift towards an all-hazards,  all-agencies approach to emergency management in Victoria.”

Dr Napthine said Leighton Contractors was selected following an extensive  tender process led by Major Projects Victoria in full consultation with  the MFB.

“Leighton Contractors bring a wealth of knowledge built from the delivery  of a wide range of technically challenging and complex projects,” Dr  Napthine said.

“Leighton will work alongside award winning architects Woods Bagot and  international fire services specialists Haagan in delivering this state of  the art project.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to deliver such a vital  project that will ensure our metropolitan firefighters and other emergency  service personnel have access to training facilities that are of the  highest standard.”

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