- Firefighters have improved access to breathing apparatus training at a new facility at West Sale
- $793,000 invested to upgrade the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC)
- Victorian Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
Firefighters in Gippsland have improved access to breathing apparatus training with the official opening of an upgrade at the West Sale campus of the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC).
In West Sale, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Liberal National Coalition Government had invested $793,000 in the upgrade that would benefit the region’s firefighters.
“The new building and facilities at the West Sale campus will support CFA members and is a fantastic resource for all emergency service personnel in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.
“The type of training offered gives our volunteers the skills and practical experience that is essential for their role in protecting the community,” he said.
“All of the VEMTC campuses are purpose built to allow volunteers to take part in training scenarios that are as close as possible to reality.
“Facilities provide for both ‘live fire’ simulations and other scenarios that reflect the variety and complexity of incidents that emergency services volunteers face.
“This investment at West Sale has promoted growth and created jobs, and importantly ensures Victoria’s emergency service workers have the best training facilities.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was proud of the vital work performed by CFA and its 55,000 members who protected 3.3 million Victorians and more than one million homes and properties across the state.
“We will continue to support CFA members by providing the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said.
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said since coming to office in November 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with $2.3 billion in funding.
“This financial year the CFA budget is $457 million; that is $58 million more than it was when Labor left office,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Coalition Government has invested in firefighter safety with $20.5 million to replace respiratory protection equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters.
“This investment, along with the opening of the new facility at West Sale demonstrates the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to supporting the CFA and its volunteers who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.”
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