Issue 6
Tuesday, 07 August 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: ERGT Australia Managing Director Shane Addis, Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles
From left: ERGT Australia Managing Director Shane Addis, Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken Vowles

World class fireground training facility opens

A new world class fireground training facility at Casuarina campus will allow the Northern Territory to deliver high risk emergency response training for the first time.

The $2.3 million facility 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.

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

The custom-built facility is also expected to attract people from throughout Northern Australia, and emergency services and disaster management personnel from the Asia-Pacific region.

The fireground is a partnership between the NT Government, which invested almost $1.3 million, CDU ($270,000) and specialist training provider ERGT Australia ($715,000).

The facility forms part of CDU’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas and, in addition to industry training, will be accessible to a range of students, from VET students to those undertaking Bachelors and Masters qualifications.

At the launch late last week, Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Mr Ken Vowles said the training ground was an example of government, CDU and industry working together to help Territorians develop new skills and take up jobs in growth industries.

“It will ensure our oil and gas workforce has the skills needed to maintain the highest safety and environmental standards expected in their workplaces,” he said.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said CDU was looking at incorporating the activities at the training ground into VET packages for a diploma and advanced diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management).