A new regional emergency management training centre will be built in Ballan to increase specialist training capability across the state.
The State Government announced the purchase of the $31 million site at Ingliston Road in Ballan today.
The new Central Highlands Victorian Emergency management Training Centre (VEMTC) will be an environmentally-safe, state-of-the-art facility that will be for all emergency management personnel from the CFA, MFB, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria and VICSES.
The centre will be managed by the CFA and will be equipped to provide trainees with emergency situations that firefighters may encounter on the front-line, ensuring they are ready when faced with these challenges in the real-world.
The 35 hectare site will boast ‘live fire’ simulations with the construction of a pad, firefighting props, specialist training capabilities, breathing apparatus facilities, a change room, on-site parking and infrastructure to support day-to-day operations at the campus. It will also have on-site water treatment and management systems that will be subject to ongoing testing.
The training centre, which is expected to take about three years to develop, will also provide opportunities for shared use with other emergency management agencies.
The Central Highlands training centre will become part of Victoria’s network of specialist emergency management training centres that are using a strategic approach to provide current and future training capability across the State.