Terang paramedics will soon have the safe and modern home base they need with work underway on a new state-of-the-art ambulance branch.
Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos today kicked off construction of the new ambulance branch on Cameron Street.
The new Terang ambulance branch is being co-located with the Terang Hospital. The town’s existing branch was built in the 1970s and no longer meets the needs of a modern ambulance service.
Being built on a larger site, the new branch will feature a three-bay garage, training room, modern amenities, rest and recline rooms, staff parking and a reliever’s quarters for long-term paramedic accommodation.
It will be home to three paramedics, who are supported by about 12 Ambulance Community Officers. There is also plenty of space for the ambulance service to grow in the future.
The Andrews Labor Government has already fixed the ambulance crisis and delivered 450 paramedics as part of our $500 million ambulance package – the largest ever investment in Victoria’s ambulance system.
Ambulances are arriving at the scene of code one emergencies faster than ever before. Latest state-wide quarterly performance data showed paramedics reached 83.9 per cent of Code 1 patients within 15 minutes – an improvement of 2.5 percentage points on the same quarter a year earlier.
In the Corangamite Shire response times have improved with 49.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code 1 emergencies, up from 46.4 per cent three months earlier.
The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 emergency in Corangamite over the same period has improved from 18:25 minutes to 17:25 minutes.
The Labor Government is now building on its record investment with a further $109 million boost to back our paramedics and improve access to their life-saving services across Victoria.
The funding boost will help us recruit even more paramedics, build new stations and get 23 new vehicles on the road.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos
“In a medical emergency, every second counts – that’s why we’re building a state-of-the-art ambulance branch for Terang. It will mean even faster response times and more local lives saved.”
“Under the Liberals ambulance response times were the worst on the Australian mainland, but we fixed that by investing more than any government in Victoria’s history in helping paramedics get to emergencies faster.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This new ambulance station will give local paramedics a state-of-the-art facility they can call home and be a great asset to Terang and the surrounding districts.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020