Environmental Compliance Program

A Clean and Safe Training and Working Environment

A key priority for CFA is to provide a safe workplace for members and other users of our facilities with minimal impact on the community and the environment.

Firefighter with hose and water sprayingOur Environmental Compliance Program

CFA’s Environmental Compliance Program (ECP) was created to investigate and address potential impacts of historic firefighting practices. 

The scope of the program focuses on the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) campuses managed by CFA, to:

  • identify and manage risks to human health and the environment related to historical use of Fire Fighting Foams;
  • plan and implement infrastructure upgrade works to deliver a clean and safe workplace; and
  • assess and update procedures and practices.

The program is also responsible for rehabilitation and decommissioning of the former CFA Training College at Fiskville.

Our Partners

To deliver the scope, the ECP engages the services of independent environmental health and toxicology consultants to understand impacts and risks, design and deliver solutions and monitor ongoing effectiveness of its activities and processes.

The team aims to inform neighbours and community groups about work underway around Fiskville and the VEMTC sites.

The ECP works closely with:

  • Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
  • Minister for Emergency Services
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Emergency Management Victoria
  • Agriculture Victoria
  • Worksafe Victoria
  • Water Management Authorities
  • Local councils

Contact Us

Questions about the Environmental Compliance Program
Email ECPinfo@cfa.vic.gov.au

Information on health, safety and environmental impacts
Call the Environment and Health Hotline on 1800 628 616

Victorian Emergency Management Training Centres

Training Colleges - Firefighters

CFA runs seven of the eight Victorian Emergency Management Training Centres (VEMTC). The campuses provide firefighters and recruits with practical firefighting scenarios in a controlled and realistic environment. This is essential in developing and maintaining the skills needed to fulfil our mission of protecting the lives and property of Victorian communities.

The training campuses are purpose-built, specialising in the simulation of scenarios that replicate unique field conditions specific to their region.

The CFA VEMTC sites are at:

  • Bangholme
  • Wangaratta
  • Longerenong
  • Penshurst
  • Huntly
  • West Sale
  • Sunraysia (Mildura)

On 15 May 2017, the State Government announced the purchase of a 35 hectare site at nearby Ballan for the new VEMTC – Central Highlands.

Map of CFA Training Colleges


More information in this section

Cover Title and information Description
ECP History Icon History of ECP The History of the ECP which includes the use of firefighting foams, Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOS and PFOA and the closure of Fiskville.
ECP The Next Stage Icon The Next Stage Having completed initial environmental audits and scoping of works, the ECP’s focus is now on VEMTC Campus Infrastructure Upgrades, Water Management S ...
ECP Our Compliance icon Our Compliance EPA has issued CFA with Clean-Up Notices around the containment, remediation and management of residual PFAS at Fiskville, and then at six of the VEMT ...
ECP Water Results Icon Water Monitoring Results Independent water testing is conducted regularly at all of the VEMTC training campuses. Targeted, regular monitoring both on and off site, ensures tha ...
ECP Health wellbeing icon Health and Wellbeing For information on health, safety and environmental impacts at Fiskville or VEMTCs Training Campuses.
ECP FAQs icon FAQs Frequently asked questions in regards to the Environmental Compliance Program


Page last updated:  Thursday, 14 October 2021 3:17:45 PM