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New training for emergency & incident responders


Victorian Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, the Honourable Gayle Tierney, has announced that Victoria’s Workforce Training Innovation Fund is providing more than $1.5 million to support the development of a new training package, First Responder Safety on High Speed Roads.

EastLink is working in collaboration with Monash University, Holmesglen, the emergency services and VicRoads to develop and roll out the new training, which is tailored for emergency and incident responders.

The training package will address the gap in existing training for emergency and incident responders who work in high-speed traffic environments such as EastLink.

The training package will provide emergency and incident responders with skills in:

  • identifying role-specific responsibilities in emergency response
  • identifying risks in the road transportation environment
  • integrating proactive safety management with compliance responsibilities.

Beginning in March, the first phase of face-to-face training will be provided to 360 emergency and incident responders. This will include first responders from EastLink, VicRoads and all emergency services.

At the EastLink operations centre in Ringwood, Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, the Honourable Gayle Tierney announces the funding from the Workforce Training Innovation Fund to develop the training program, alongside EastLink managing director Charles Griplas:

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In the EastLink control room, Minister Tierney and Dustin Halse MP (member for Ringwood) are shown examples of EastLink incidents by EastLink traffic operations delivery manager Tony Mazzeo:

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Minister Tierney and Dustin Halse MP are joined by a group of emergency and incident responders following the announcement of funding for the new training program:

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