Ambulance boost

November 29, 2016

Ambulance Victoria Hume group manager John Morris with Shepparton paramedic David Crow.

A new ambulance station will be built in Tatura following a Victorian Government announcement of $500million over five years towards the state’s ambulance services.

‘‘A new branch at Tatura is fantastic news for local residents and the wider area,’’ Ambulance Victoria Hume group manager John Morris said.

‘‘These additional resources will build on our significant reforms over the past two years to allow us to further improve our response time performances and deliver even better care.’’

Tatura will receive a new ambulance community officer team with four full-time equivalent paramedics and two new ambulance vehicles.

As part of the investment, hundreds more paramedics will be employed across the state in a bold new plan to meet Code One response time targets by mid-2019.

The purpose-built, state-of-the-art branch will feature a drive in-and-out garage bay for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, bedrooms, modern amenities and a fully-fitted out kitchen.

‘‘This is a significant investment across the entire state and residents in Greater Shepparton and throughout the Hume Region will benefit greatly,’’ Mr Morris said.

Ambulance performance in the September quarter improved in Greater Shepparton from an average response time of 12.25 minutes last year to 11.28 minutes this year.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said she was proud to be delivering the first ambulance station for the growing Tatura community.

‘‘In a medical emergency every second saves lives. That’s why we’re ensuring people in Tatura get the right emergency care, quickly, when they need it,’’ she said.

Mr Morris said further announcements outlining the detail of these new initiatives would be made soon.

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