2 November 2022

Investigation underway into fire at emergency services training facility

| Claire Fenwicke
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The ESA Hume facility provided a number of training opportunities, including for RFS volunteers. Photo: ACT ESA.

Firefighters have quickly jumped into action when a blaze started at the training facility in Hume.

An ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) spokesperson said the fire had started in one of the props at the centre.

“Everyone was cleared out,” they said.

The blaze started at about 11:10 am and was listed as inside the ‘hot house’ at the Hume facility on the ESA’s website.

No drills were happening at the time of the fire, with the cause now under investigation.

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The facility was completed in 2011 to provide in-house training for staff and volunteers from the ACT Fire Brigade, ACT Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service and the ACT Emergency Service.

Types of training included classroom teaching, workshop training and scenario-based operations. The facility included an administration building, hot fire props area, flashover/back draft facility, training tower and hot house.

According to Project Coordination, which delivered the building, the hot props were able to stimulate “several different conditions” and were “electronically controlled”.

It’s believed the fire started in one of the props at the training centre. Photo: ACT ESA.

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