Launceston Ambulance Station To Be Upgraded

Launceston Ambulance Station To Be Upgraded

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

Launceston Ambulance Station Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government made a commitment to Ambulance Tasmania to upgrade facilities at the Launceston station and the finishing touches are almost complete, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

A total of $850,000 has been allocated for works at the Launceston station, which have been badly needed for some time and these have been carried out in 2 stages over the past 7 months.

“Works have also allowed for the improved accommodation for the new Launceston crew of 12 full-time equivalent paramedics, announced in the May Budget, and ensure the Launceston station can remain on its current site.” Mr. Ferguson said.

First stage of works included:

  • Replacement of the major retaining wall to stabilise the building,
  • Remedial work to the in-ground water,
  • Sewer and stormwater infrastructure that led to the movement in the building and driveway,
  • Installation of a driveway surface,
  • Repositioning of the ambulance wash bay to allow clear access for incoming vehicles, improved staff parking and replacement of the roller door.

Second stage works included:

  • Repositioning of the kitchen and lounge at the station to give easier access for paramedics responding to call outs,
  • Improved design to accommodate more staff in the multi-purpose rooms,
  • Lockers and equipment,
  • Upgrade of facilities to meet disability accessible building guidelines.

These latest works follow the previous replacement of the façade and the installation of double glazed windows and insulation.

Recruitment process for the 35 paramedics will provide the new staff for the additional 24 hour crews in Launceston and Hobart, an additional resource in the State operations centre and enhanced shifts in the Hobart area.

Recruitment process is well underway, with a very strong response from across Australia and around the world vying for the jobs.

New paramedics are expected to start in September.

35 additional paramedics will provide approximately 70 additional hours of additional coverage per day and provide for improved rostering.

“Hodgman Government’s decision to employ additional crews will allow Ambulance Tasmania to improve service coverage to the Launceston area, as well as the Central, Northern and Eastern Shore suburbs of Hobart.” Mr. Ferguson said.