Fireground Training Facility Opens At Charles Darwin University

Fireground Training Facility Opens At Charles Darwin University

Northern Territory Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo

World Class Fireground Training Facility Opens At CDU

Victor P Taffa

A new, world class fireground training facility has today opened at Charles Darwin University (CDU), enabling the Northern Territory to deliver high risk emergency response training for the first time.

“Territory Government’s priority is to create jobs this is why we are investing in education and training to see workforce opportunities maximised for all Territorians.” Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo said.

“We invest more than $70 Million to train and support Territorians, funding that includes our continued support in joint partnerships like this one, which attract private investment.”

New $2.3 Million facility, majority funded by the Northern Territory Government, will facilitate high level emergency response training in simulated disaster environments for the oil and gas, maritime, industrial and defence industries, as well as local and international emergency services personnel.

“This new training ground is another great example of government, CDU and industry working together to help Territorians develop new skills and take up jobs in our growth industries.” Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles said.

Until now, Territorians who undertook this specialist training had to travel to Perth.

Custom-built facility will not only service the Northern Territory but is expected to attract people from Northern Western Australia and Northern Queensland, along with emergency services and disaster management personnel from across the Asia-Pacific region.

“ERGT Australia’s collaboration with the Northern Territory Government and CDU enables us to provide world class training facilities locally, meaning businesses in the oil and gas and other high-risk industries will have a full range of safety training on their doorstep.” ERGT Australia Managing Director Shane Addis said.

Fireground is a partnership between the Northern Territory Government, who invested nearly $1.3 Million, CDU, who provided $270,000, and specialist training provider ERGT Australia ($715,000).

“We are looking at incorporating the activities that will take place on the fire training grounds into Vocational Education and Training packages for a diploma and advanced diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management).” Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said.

Facility will form part of CDU’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas (NACOG) and in addition to industry training, will be accessible to a range of students, from those studying Vocational Education and Training (VET) to those undertaking bachelors and masters degrees.