The new training units will provide volunteers with greatly improved access to realistic, safe and effective operational training opportunities.
In the next phase, trials and training are planned at various CFA sites across the state in order for local Brigades/Groups in all 8 Regions to have the opportunity to view the props.
The trial phase will include an ongoing evaluation process to understand and remedy any issues and identify opportunities prior to adding any further props to the fleet.
Meanwhile, work on CFA Field Training Grounds is also well advanced with site upgrades at Sale, Longerenong, Penshurst, Huntly, and Wangaratta. This includes improvements to Breathing Apparatus (BA) Filling Stations, and classroom, ablutions, mess areas, and storage facilities.
Draft drawings/plans have now been prepared and have been reviewed by the CFA Protective Equipment (PE) team to ensure that the BA filling station layouts and adjacencies to other areas of each field training ground meet required safety and process standards.
The objective of this work to ensure that volunteers have access to field training grounds that are fit for purpose; deliver the learning outcomes necessary to support the operational service-delivery requirements, and are located where it will provide access to the greatest number of CFA members possible.