The well-credentialed firm, Cardno Lane Piper - part of the leading global environmental firm Cardno - has been engaged by CFA to oversee improvements to infrastructure, including the fire training water management system at the site, near Ballan.
Cardno Lane Piper will also oversee investigations into soil, surface water and groundwater quality, and an examination of old landfill sites identified in the Professor Joy Report.
CFA CEO Mick Bourke said the organisation had wasted no time in acting on the 10 recommendations of the Professor Joy Report.
“Cardno Lane Piper is one of Australia’s leading environmental engineering firms and will provide CFA with the expertise we need to give all our people confidence in Fiskville,” Mr Bourke said.
“CFA remains deeply committed to the Fiskville Training College as the primary training ground for virtually all of Victoria’s emergency service volunteers, not to mention personnel from many other organisations.”
An initial inspection of one former tip site has identified two small pieces of bonded cement sheeting which may contain asbestos.
CFA has been advised the material poses no risk to staff or trainees at Fiskville.
The area, including a running track, is well away from dwellings and is not used for any training activities. It has been quarantined until a licenced contractor removes the material in coming days.
A hygienist will also oversee the removal.
The implementation of the 10 recommendations as well as 11 other initiatives is likely to take many months.
CFA has already allocated an initial $5 million to the project, on top of the more than $4 million spent on the Professor Joy Report.