Victorian Government announces $1.5m to develop the first formal training package for emergency and incident responders at Eastlink
- 14 Oct 2019
As a former paramedic, Broadspectrum’s Tony Mazzeo understands the importance of safety when responding to incidents.
“My team responds to incidents on EastLink’s 40 kilometres of toll roads and tunnels every day, but we wanted to ensure they have the right skills to anticipate and adapt to unplanned changes efficiently and effectively on high speed roads,” he said.
Tony spent more than a year researching similar efforts across global road agencies and emergency services. When it became clear, no consistent, common framework across all first responders existed, Tony approached Monash University and Holmesglen TAFE to explore the options available. Together they developed a proposal which aims to address this need.
Ultimately the team’s efforts during the past two years led to the Victorian Government announcing funding from the Workforce Training Innovation Fund earlier this month. The fund will provide more than $1.5 million to support the development of a new training package, First Responder Safety on High Speed Roads.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, the Honourable Gayle Tierney, made the announcement during a visit to EastLink’s control centre.
EastLink will work with Monash University, Holmesglen TAFE, the emergency services and VicRoads to develop and roll out the new training starting in March 2020. The training is tailored for emergency and incident responders, and will address the gap in existing training for emergency and incident responders who work in high-speed traffic environments such as EastLink.
The training 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.
The first phase of face-to-face training will be provided to 360 emergency and incident responders, including first responders from EastLink, VicRoads and all emergency services.
Kamini Choudhry, Executive General Manager Roads said, “This training is the first of its kind in Australia, and will provide accreditation and certification for not just incident responders, but VicRoads and emergency services as well.
“Tony’s desire and passion to improve the safety for all first responders is exemplary. This pioneering work will be a game changer for the industry. We are proud to be part of this amazing initiative and look forward to realising the positive outcomes it will achieve.”
The EastLink Alliance is a longstanding partnership between ConnectEast and Broadspectrum, together delivering continuous improvement to operations and maintenance for the 40 kilometre EastLink tollroad and tunnels in Melbourne.