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More Jobs, Brighter Futures: World Class Fireground Training Facility opens at CDU

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

The new $2.3 million facility, majority funded by the Territory Labor 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.

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

The custom-built facility will not only service the NT, but is expected to attract people from Northern WA and Northern Queensland, along with emergency services and disaster management personnel from across the Asia-Pacific region.

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

The 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.

Quotes from Minister for Workforce Training, Selena Uibo

“The Territory Labor 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.

“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.”

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industries and Resources, Ken Vowles

“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.

“It will ensure our oil and gas workforce have the skills they need to maintain the highest safety and environmental standards expected in their workplaces.”

Quote from ERGT Australia Managing Director, Shane Addis

“ERGT Australia’s collaboration with the NT 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.”

Quote from Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Professor Simon Maddocks

“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).”


Media contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079