Paramedics in Ferntree Gully will soon have the facilities they need to quickly respond to local medical emergencies with construction underway on a new state-of-the-art ambulance station.
Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy, today toured the construction site of the massive new $1.4 million ambulance station on Dobson St that will eventually be home to 42 paramedics.
Their current home, built in the late 1960s, has been demolished to make way for a purpose-built station that gives hard working paramedics the larger and more modern facilities they deserve, and room to grow into the future.
It will feature four ambulance bays, four bedrooms, a large training room, and off street car parking for staff.
The new station is expected to be open in the first half of 2017, with the modern facilities a welcome boost for 42 paramedics from the Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Doveton and Lysterfield crews.
The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy.
This includes $144 million to rebuild the ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Liberal Government.
As part of this we are also delivering our $60 million Ambulance Response Time Rescue Fund to provide faster responses and make sure our ambulances respond to the right patient, at the right time, with the right care.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy
“The new Ferntree Gully ambulance station will make a huge difference to this community’s hardworking and dedicated paramedics, who for too long worked in cramped and outdated conditions.”
“With construction now underway, this important project is on track to open in the first half of next year – and I know for our paramedics it can’t come soon enough.”
“We’re putting patients first and giving paramedics in Ferntree Gully and beyond the support they deserve and need to do what they do best, which is saving lives.”