Train­ing for 200 fire­fight­ers at a time in mas­sive eco­nomic boost

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Elisha Pearce

Ev­ery four min­utes there is a truck rolling to help some­one on the worse day of their lives

Com­mis­sioner Greg Mullins

A MAS­SIVE fire­fighter train­ing col­lege will be built in Mamre Rd, Ersk­ine Park..

The Fire & Res­cue NSW Academy will be con­structed on 6ha, re­plac­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s train­ing site at Alexan­dria.

The new fa­cil­ity, due to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2017, will em­ploy 150 staff and up to 200 fire­fight­ers could train on site.

Staff and trainees would be able to use com­puter-con­trolled train­ing props in­clud­ing gas fires and reg­u­lar car­bona­ceous fires in sim­u­lated homes.

“While the Alexan­dria train­ing col­lege has served us well, we have out­grown that site and now look for­ward to all the ben­e­fits this new, larger fa­cil­ity will of­fer our fire­fight­ers,” Fire & Res­cue NSW Com­mis­sioner Greg Mullins said.

“Back when I be­came a fire­fighter all we did was fight fires … since that we’ve taken on other du­ties: haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, chem­i­cal spills, road ac­ci­dent res­cue, flood res­cue, rope res­cue from heights and depths.”

Pen­rith Mayor Karen McKe­own said the coun­cil was push­ing to see more govern­ment jobs in the city.

“This will be a great boost for our lo­cal econ­omy, with re­cruits and staff us­ing lo­cal re­tail­ers, ser­vices and po­ten­tially ac­com­mo­da­tion while train­ing at the academy,” she said.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min- is­ter David El­liott said: “(The site) also aligns with the govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­lo­cate pub­lic-ser­vice jobs and boost the econ­omy of Syd­ney’s west”

Landowner First State Su­per will fund the devel­op­ment by Altis Prop­erty Part­ners. FRNSW will have ex­clu­sive ac­cess un­der a lease­back ar­range­ment.

Com­mis­sioner Greg Mullins, Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter David El­liott and Pen­rith Mayor Karen McKe­own at the site of the new Fire & Res­cue NSW train­ing cen­tre, at Ersk­ine Park.

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