PLANS to expand Huntly’s emergency management training facility to become a centre of excellence for fire investigation have received $3 million in support from the state government.
The Country Fire Authority has confirmed funds allocated to the facility for improvements will support a plan tendered to the City of Greater Bendigo to come to fruition.
A fire investigation building - containing four ‘burn cells’ and an investigation area for cars, caravans and boats – is at the plan’s core.
Fire investigation trainees will come from throughout the state to use the Huntly facility, according to the CFA.
Monday’s funding announcement also included money for an emergency management training institute to be established at Mount Macedon.
Headlining the news was the state’s $31 million investment in a site for a new training campus in Ballan, which CFA acting chief officer Alen Slijepcevic said would be ‘the most modern regional training campus in the state.’
“The campus will include training scenarios that simulate the emergencies our members would typically face – which will improve our ability to keep Victorian’s safe,” Mr Slijepcevic said.