25 September 2023

State-of-art training for Fire and Rescue

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Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is to collaborate with Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) to develop a new state-of-the-art training centre for emergency services at Orchard Hills in western Sydney.

Commissioner of FRNSW, Paul Baxter, (pictured) said the new fire protection training centre is part of FRNSW’s commitment to building community confidence in fire safety.

“We see the sharing of knowledge and skills between our two organisations as key to ensuring best practice fire safety for the community,” Commissioner Baxter said.

“Our past collaboration with FPA Australia has resulted in major safety initiatives, such as the mandatory installation of fire sprinklers in medium-rise residential buildings, and we look forward to building on this success at the new training centre,” he said.

“This new facility will enable our firefighters to be trained on the latest fire safety systems and then apply this in their operational work to more effectively extinguish building fires.”

Chief Executive of FPA Australia, Scott Williams, said his organisation was committed to keeping the community safe through effective fire protection.

“To do that the industry needs the best training available,” Mr Williams said.

“This new facility will undoubtedly be one of the best in the world.

“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with FRNSW on this new training centre, and to be in a position to share knowledge and skills between the fire protection industry and the emergency services.”

He said the end result would be a safer community.

The new facility, which is due to open in the second half of 2019, will deliver world-class training in all aspects of fire protection.

It will also include access to a live fire training facility, providing students with real-world fire protection experience.

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