Leighton Contractors to deliver new Firefighter Training Facility

10 Aug 12

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has appointed Leighton Contractors as managing contractor to deliver its new state-of-the-art firefighter training facility at Craigieburn in Melbourne’s north.  MFB is partnering with Major Projects Victoria to develop the facility.

The new $109 million complex, known as the Future of Learning and Development (FOLD) project, will be a multi-agency State asset that all emergency services can access for their future training needs.

The works to be delivered by Leighton Contractors are valued at $70 million and comprise a range of emergency response and management learning environments designed and built specifically to meet the MFB’s requirements.  These will include standard classroom training facilities as well as purpose-built structures and simulated environments to support fire, marine, specialist rescue, safety and other forms of practical emergency management training.

Peter Ryan, General Manager Southern Infrastructure for Leighton Contractors, explained that the project will be a vital element of training infrastructure for the MFB and other members of the emergency services community.

“Before submitting our tender, we undertook extensive research into other fire training facilities around the world so we could offer MFB the best possible solutions. We’ll also be working closely with the MFB’s design consultants and international equipment suppliers to secure an outstanding outcome for the project”, Mr Ryan said.

The FOLD facility will set a new benchmark for excellence in fire and emergency services training as well as strengthening the MFB’s capacity to protect the community from fires and other emergencies in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

“Leighton Contractors has a proven track record in delivering complex projects within budget and program, while maintaining a commitment to safety as our most important value,” Mr Ryan added. “We look forward to a successful partnership with the MFB on this project.”