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Construction of MFB training facility hits halfway mark

Work is on schedule at Victoria’s new $109 million emergency services training centre in Craigieburn, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said today during a tour of the 18.6 hectare site.

Mr Hodgett joined Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy and local councillors to view construction progress at the halfway mark of the state-of-the-art facility.

“With just over six months to go until completion, it is fantastic to see the facility taking shape as works progress at an impressive rate, with the 5,800 square metre academic building approaching fit out stage,” Mr Hodgett said.

“Over the coming few weeks, we will really start to see the 12 training props of the practical learning environment come to life.

“What is unique about this facility is that the props simulate exactly the sorts of scenarios that fire fighters will encounter on the streets of Melbourne.

“The props will represent typical Melbourne features such as a suburban neighbourhood, a tram stop in the CBD, a classic Melbourne shopping strip, the underground rail loop and the Burnley tunnel.

“The facility will give fire fighters the invaluable opportunity to train in an environment that incorporates fire, smoke, sounds, and other physical and psychological challenges they can expect in an emergency.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that our emergency services workers have access to the highest standard of training available in a safe, controlled environment. We will be thrilled to see the facility fully operational in 2014,” Mr Hodgett said.

MFB Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said the facility would set the standard for emergency services training.

“There is an increasing demand for emergency service training across the sector, and we need to guarantee that our fire fighters have the best possible training available,” Mr Easy said.

“We are proud to be creating what can only be described as a facility that sets a benchmark for the sector.

“This facility will ensure the ongoing protection of the Victorian community well into the future.

“It will inspire visitors, trainers, candidates and staff, leading to an improved training and more effective learning environment for not only MFB, but also the Country Fire Authority, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the State Emergency Service,” Mr Easy said.

Major Projects Victoria is project managing the facility’s delivery, with Leighton Contractors constructing the facility. Construction is expected to generate around 136 Victorian jobs and inject around $232 million into the State economy.