Bacchus Marsh paramedics now have the safe and modern facilities they need to respond to emergencies faster and save lives, with the doors opening on their new station built by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos today officially opened the new state-of-the-art ambulance station on Gisborne Road, Bacchus Marsh.
Upgrading from the old outdated site, the new spacious station features training facilities, four rest and recline rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, five-bay garage, improved security and staff car parking.
It will be home to paramedics providing 24-hour care, as well as a four-wheel drive response unit.
The station will make a big difference to Bacchus Marsh residents who now have the peace of mind that life-saving treatment is just around the corner, when they need it most.
The Labor Government has invested a record $1 billion to deliver more paramedics, more vehicles and more stations. This includes a big $299 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
Latest data shows Victoria’s ambulances transported a massive 78,820 code 1 emergency patients in the three months to the end of December – 4,513 more than a year earlier.
Paramedics reached 82.5 per cent of Code One cases across the state within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes and 29 seconds. That’s nearly two minutes faster than the same period in 2014, when just 74.1 per cent of ambulances were arriving within 15 minutes.
The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Moorabool over the same period has improved by almost 4 minutes from 17:09 minutes to 13:11 minutes.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos
“In a medical emergency, every second counts. This modern new home for paramedics in Bacchus Marsh means locals can get lifesaving emergency care they can count on – when they need it most.”
“We’re getting it done and building more state-of-the-art ambulance stations, just like Bacchus Marsh, so our dedicated paramedics have the facilities they deserve and need to do what they do best, which is saving lives.”
“Ambulance response times were the worst on the Australian mainland under the Liberals, but we fixed that by investing more than any government in Victoria’s history to improve response times.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie
“This brand-new station has everything the Bacchus Marsh paramedics need – and its location means help is just around the corner when an emergency strikes.”
“I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government has built a new ambulance station in Bacchus Marsh. We are investing in our growing community to provide the very best health services they deserve.”