Alexandria Site - Environmental investigation

In June 2016, FRNSW commenced the investigation works at the Alexandria training site to better understand the presence of PFAS on and around the site.
The main objective of this environmental investigation is to identify the presence, nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy firefighting foam at the site. The findings from the investigations are used to identify site-specific management actions to address potential PFAS impacts.

The following stages of the investigation have been completed to date for the Alexandria training site, with the reports available under Documentation:

Preliminary Investigation, September 2016

The Preliminary Investigation of the site was completed in September 2016 and included a review of site history for AFFF use and identification of potential sources of PFAS.

Download: Preliminary Site Investigation and Sampling and Analysis Quality Plan - September 2016 (PDF, 10MB)

Environmental Site Assessment, April 2017

An Environmental Assessment of the Alexandria site and surrounding area was completed in April 2017 and included off-site sampling and laboratory analysis of surface water and sediments to further understand the pathways for potential migration of PFAS from the site.

Download: Environmental Site Assessment - April 2017 (PDF, 11MB)

UST Sampling, April 2019

Sampling of an underground storage tank (UST) was completed in April 2019 to assess the concentration of PFAS and other contaminants in the water and sediments contained within the tank. This UST was historically used for the capture and storage of water used for fire-fighting training.

Download: FRNSW Alexandria UST Sampling, April 2019 (PDF, 1.5MB)

Next Steps

An Action Plan was developed in Q1 2019 for the site and approved by the NSW EPA.

FRNSW is currently procuring a NSW EPA accredited Site Auditor to support the additional environmental investigations proposed for the site, with works expected to commence during Q1 of 2020.

FRNSW has a new state-of-the-art training centre for emergency services and the fire protection industry. The NSW Training Centre of the Fire Protection Training Academy (Fire Academy) was relocated to the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills in western Sydney from Alexandria in late 2019. Training is progressively migrating from Alexandria to Orchard Hills.

Alexandria - Documentation

The following is a list of reports relevant to this project which have been prepared by independent consultants engaged by FRNSW. Report are provided in full.