Victoria Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy
New Hoppers Crossing Ambulance Station
Victor P Taffa
Paramedics now have the facilities they need to respond to emergencies faster with the opening of a state-of-the-art ambulance branch in Hoppers Crossing.
Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today officially opened the new $3 Million ambulance station in Bethany Drive, Tarneit.
“We’re putting people first with the biggest ever investment of ambulance services to give people the urgent care they need, sooner.” Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy said.
“In a medical emergency, every second counts. Families in Melbourne’s outer west can have peace of mind that paramedics are getting to life-threatening emergencies faster than they ever have before.”
Hoppers Crossing Ambulance Station has:
- 4 ambulance bays,
- 6 bedrooms,
- Large training room,
- Secure off-street car parking for staff.
It can accommodate a surge ambulance and specialist units when required, such as a health commander, single responder or in-field team manager.
About 30 paramedics will rotate through ambulances attached to the branch. These hard-working paramedics now have the larger and modern facilities they deserve, and room to grow in the future.
Hoppers Crossing Ambulance Station has replaced the previous base in a converted factory in Desire Place, which had housed the ambulance services since 2013.
Andrews Government is rebuilding Victoria’s ambulance system to ensure all community members get the care they need in a critical emergency.
State Government $500 Million plan will improve ambulance response times, employ 450 more paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more stations across the state. This investment, along with a further $26.5 Million in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, is the largest funding boost ever delivered for Victoria’s ambulance services.
After 18 months of boosting and reforming the ambulance system, more and more ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner.
“This new state-of-the-art branch in Hoppers Crossing will support our dedicated paramedics to do what they do best, which is saving lives.” Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller said.
Latest performance data in the City of Wyndham shows:
- 2 % of Code 1 ambulances are arriving within 15 minutes of call-out in,
- 3 % compared with a year prior,
- 52 % when the Liberals were last in office.
Average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Wyndham over the same period has improved from 13:28 minutes to 11:20 minutes.