ACADEMY GREEN LIGHT
Training for 200 firefighters at a time in massive economic boost
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.