The appointment of Leighton Contractors to build the Metropolitan Fire Brigade's (MFB) new $109 million world class training facility at Craigieburn has been welcomed by Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan and Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine.
Mr Ryan said the purpose-built facility would create 136 full time jobs through the construction phase and give firefighters the chance to train in conditions that replicate Melbourne's urban landscape.
"In addition to classroom learning facilities, this new training centre will feature simulated learning scenarios that are unique to Melbourne including train and tram infrastructure, marine settings and retail shopping environments," Mr Ryan said.
"The Craigieburn facility will also be a dynamic example of incorporating agency interoperability, supporting the shift towards an all-hazards, all-agencies approach to emergency management in Victoria."
Dr Napthine said Leighton Contractors was selected following an extensive tender process led by Major Projects Victoria in full consultation with the MFB.
"Leighton Contractors bring a wealth of knowledge built from the delivery of a wide range of technically challenging and complex projects," Dr Napthine said.
"Leighton will work alongside award winning architects Woods Bagot and international fire services specialists Haagan in delivering this state of the art project.
"The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to deliver such a vital project that will ensure our metropolitan firefighters and other emergency service personnel have access to training facilities that are of the highest standard."
Construction on the new MFB training facility is scheduled to start in coming months with the centre set to be operational in late 2014.