MFB Training Facility Craigieburn
AboutIn July 2012, the Victorian Coalition Government announced a new $109 million specialised emergency services learning and training facility for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).
MFB is building a specialised emergency services learning and training facility in Craigieburn, which will ensure a safer and more capable MFB and the ongoing protection of the Victorian community.
The new facility will further strengthen MFB’s position as a leader within the emergency services industry in the adoption and promotion of new technologies, and the development of new training initiatives.
The specialised facility will include training environments that simulate real life hazards encountered by MFB, including those occurring in residential, commercial, and industrial areas, as well as marine and transport incidents.
The training facility will aim to ensure that all MFB firefighters acquire the skills expected of them by the community and government and enable MFB to respond to increasingly complex situations.
When complete, the new facility will be MFB’s primary training complex, complemented by existing MFB facilities.
The project is known as the Future of Organisational Learning and Development (FOLD) Facilities Project. MFB has appointed Major Projects Victoria to project manage the facility’s construction, award-winning architect Woods Bagot to lead the design team and HAAGEN, a world leader in the provision of fire training services, as the Fire Training Specialist Organisation to assist with the design of the specialist training props.
Leightons Contractors were appointed as the facility's Head Contractor in August 2012.
Construction commenced in November 2012, with the facility scheduled to be fully operational in 2014.
For more information on the facility visit the MFB website
2013-06-21 - 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.
2012-12-03 - All fired up! Work starts on new MFB training centre
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.
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.
2012-08-14 - Leighton Contractors to construct new $109 million training facility for MFB
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.”Construction on the new MFB training facility is scheduled to start in coming months with the centre set to be operational in late 2014.
2012-08-09 - New $109 million firefighter training facility for Metropolitan Fire Brigade
Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine today announced plans for a newMetropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) training facility in Craigieburn that wouldgive firefighters one of the best emergency services training facilities inAustralia.
Dr Napthine said the new $109 million complex, due for completion in late2014, would challenge firefighters with realistic emergency scenariostailored to Melbourne’s unique urban landscape, including laneways, railtunnels and tram stops.
“The new facility will meet the MFB’s current and future training needs andallow it to deliver specialist emergency services, which includefirefighting, urban search and rescue, marine response, emergency medicalresponse and hazardous material response,” Dr Napthine said.
“Training in real life hazard scenarios means better prepared firefighters,and better prepared firefighters mean a safer community,” Dr Napthine said.
MFB is partnering with Major Projects Victoria to develop the facility,which will include environmentally sound design initiatives to maximiseresource sustainability and minimise environmental impact.
MFB Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said the state-of-the-art facilitywould also feature an academic building for classroom-based learning and adrill yard.
“A series of purpose-built training props simulating the Melbourne cityenvironment will present firefighters with realistic emergency situationsto test both recruits and serving firefighters,” Mr Easy said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryansaid the facility would not only meet MFB’s training requirements but hadthe capacity to be available to other emergency service organisations asrequired.
“The MFB Craigieburn facility is a dynamic example of incorporating agencyinteroperability,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new facility further strengthens the MFB’s role within the emergencyservices industry in the adoption and promotion of new technologies and thedevelopment and implementation of new training initiatives.
“This is also an exciting infrastructure project that will benefit allVictorians as well as the local City of Hume community, who will benefitfrom increased activity in the area,” Mr Ryan said.
The facility is expected to be operational in 2014 and will occupy almosthalf of the 18.6 hectare site in Craigieburn.