Mobile Training Infrastructure project update
This project aims to provide CFA Members improved access to realistic, safe and effective operational training opportunities via mobile training units. This will be of great benefit to CFA volunteers who would otherwise have long distances to travel to access a CFA field training ground. Three mobile training prop prototypes have been developed to emulate real-life fire situations in three environments – domestic, vehicle and industrial.
It’s expected that the units will be delivered to CFA, and be available for initial testing, by April 2012. Planning for the trial phase has already started.
It is envisaged that the units will visit each region to give as many volunteers as possible the opportunity to be part of the evaluation process. A working group will be established to collect views from regions, Occupational Training and Volunteerism (OT&V) and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and produce effective guidelines and training packages.
Pat O’Brien, Regional Manager Loddon Mallee, said the Mobile Training Infrastructure project will provide the opportunity for more realistic training delivery to volunteer brigades throughout regions.
“The project’s key objective is to experience hot fire training in Brigades’ home locations. These mobile training aids will complement the higher level skills training delivered at field training grounds throughout the State. Realistic training will be more accessible to volunteers with the deployment of these mobile training aids.”
Fixed Training Infrastructure project update
On 7 October Peter Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, inspected the practical area drill (PAD) upgrade at Gippsland Field Training Ground. Mr Ryan experienced some aspects of what CFA volunteers undertake as part of their assessment. In addition, he was given an overview of the Mobile Training Infrastructure project.
Mr Ryan said the new infrastructure and a capital works program, which allow CFA members to train in environments where operational scenarios, including fire, can be safely and realistically simulated, will ensure volunteers are well prepared in emergencies.
The concrete replacement program at Gippsland is progressing well with the final PAD to be completed by Christmas.
There are also plans underway to upgrade classroom facilities and amenities at the Huntly, Penshurst, Longerenong, Wangaratta and