Firefighting training at Country Fire Authority's (CFA) regional training centres in the past has contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater at the sites.

Map of Victoria showing affected CFA regional training centres 

EPA has been investigating and managing contamination at seven of CFA’s regional training centres:

  • Fiskville (now closed)
  • Penshurst
  • Wangaratta
  • Longerenong
  • Huntly
  • Fulham (Sale)
  • Bangholme.

The main contaminant that we have confirmed at these sites is PFAS. In the past, some firefighting foams contained PFAS.

CFA has not used firefighting foams containing PFAS since 2007.

CFA closed the Fiskville training centre in 2015. They have decommissioned and are finalising cleanup of the site.

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Reviewed 2 March 2021