$12M State-of-the-art Emergency Services Centre at Hume

Released 24/05/2012

The ACT Government has delivered another key investment and strengthened its reputation as a leader in emergency management training with the $12million multi-purpose ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre at Hume, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.

Mr Corbell conducted a media tour of state-of-the-art facilities at the training centre today, providing a first glance of the site since the completion of the centre.

"The ACT Labor Government is committed to ensuring our emergency services staff and volunteers have first class training facilities to ensure they can continue saving lives and protecting our community in emergency situations," Mr Corbell said.

"At almost $10 million, the ESA Training Centre at Hume features equipment at the cutting edge for our frontline emergency services so ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Service have the resources and training they need to conduct their work in one location.

"An additional $2.8 million has been provided to upgrade facilities for intensive care paramedics and the construction of a permanent home for our bushfire fighting aircraft during the annual bushfire season."

Mr Corbell said more than 50 training courses have already been held on site since staff first moved into the facility in April last year.

Some of the key features of the Hume Training Centre include:

  • A 19.8 metre training tower to enable staff to undertake realistic fire and rescue training;
  • Purpose built 'hot house' designed to simulate a heated compartment fire and with smoke;
  • Car fire prop; and,
  • Various gas rupture simulations of a domestic gas line, LPG storage tank and a gas fire pool used to replicate fire intensity that could be experienced in a bush/grass fire setting.

"The training centre provides the best possible infrastructure for ESA, while considering environmental criteria including re-usable water in training and the installation of solar panels for heating hot water which is in high demand for washing down equipment," Mr Corbell said.

The features of the site has the ESA Training Facility in contention for an award at the 2012 Masters Builders and Boral Excellence in Building Awards with the winner announced next month.

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