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World class emergency training centre fires up for official open day

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29 Jun 2014
Victorian firefighters and emergency services workers will now have access to highly-specialised fire and emergency training facilities at a world-class $109 million centre in Craigieburn.

The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC), proudly managed by MFB, was officially opened today by the Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, alongside Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett.

Above: Premier Denis Napthine and MFB Commander Graeme Gant fire up the petro-chemical prop


“The centre will enhance the sector’s ability to support a state-wide shift towards to an ‘all hazards, all emergencies’ approach to emergency management,” MFB CEO Jim Higgins said.

“This facility will provide training not only for MFB firefighters, but also for thousands of emergency services personnel from the CFA, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, DEPI and the SES,” he said.

“Training together will strengthen our skills to collaborate and enhance our ability to work together seamlessly on major emergencies in the future,” he said.

The state-of-the-art centre provides firefighters with realistic emergency scenarios tailored to Melbourne's unique urban landscape, including laneways, rail tunnels and tram stops.


Above: multi-agency demonstration

There are 12 training props on site which simulate a range of real life situations, including major fires, road accidents and other emergencies.

Fire, smoke, sound, physical barriers, and other crises, such as collapsed buildings and high-rise rescues, will also be part of the training.

The facility will be a centre for excellence in emergency management training that will help meet the needs of the Victorian community into the future.

“The centre, the first to be formally branded under the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre banner, has been one of MFB’s most significant projects to date. We look forward to continuing to manage this centre on behalf of all Victorian emergency services into the future.”


From left: MFB CEO Jim Higgins, Chief Officer Peter Rau and Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley

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