Fiskville was Victoria’s principal firefighter training facility, from 1972 to March 2015. Training was delivered to thousands of people from the Country Fire Authority, the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, government agencies and private companies. It was unique in offering realistic training scenarios to prepare firefighters for real emergencies.
Serious concerns about occupational health and safety practices at Fiskville were reported by the media in 2011, including potential risks from chemicals in the water and foam used during training. These ongoing safety concerns became a major focus for the inquiry.
The inquiry concluded that poor safety practices at Fiskville are likely to have harmed people’s health, highlighting delays by both agencies and regulators in preventing, responding to and managing the potential contamination of the site.
Since the government commitments were finalised in May 2017, 22 of the commitments have been completed. Work to address the commitments that remain ongoing is well-progressed.
The report outlines implementation progress of the 15 government commitments assessed as ongoing in IGEM’s 2018 progress report, for the period April 2018 to April 2019 and key developments since then.
IGEM found that six of the commitments have been completed and that nine are ongoing. IGEM considers that all of the ongoing commitments are progressing satisfactorily.
The Implementation of government commitments in response to the Inquiry into the CFA Training College - Progress Report – 2019 was published on 26 September 2019.