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Victoria Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy

Saving Lives With Tatura’s First Ambulance Branch

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has started building Tatura’s first ever ambulance branch, which will deliver faster response times to life-threatening local emergencies.

Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today toured the construction site of the state-of-the-art ambulance branch on Casey Street, on track to be completed by mid-2019.

“We are putting Tatura families first and building the town’s first ever ambulance branch to cut ambulance response times. The new 24/7 home base will give paramedics the very safest and modern facilities they need.” Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy said.

“Labor is getting is getting it done and investing more than any Government in Victoria’s history to improve ambulance response times, here in Tatura and across the state.”

New ambulance branch will feature a 4-bay garage and modern facilities for paramedics including lounge areas, a kitchen, training room and amenities. There is also plenty of space for the service to grow.

It will provide a 24/7 emergency service for the Tatura community. With a modern base in the heart of town, response times will continue to improve and more lives will be saved as Tatura patients get the emergency care they need, sooner.

“Tatura families can rest assured that when an emergency strikes, life-saving paramedics are literally just around the corner.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.

Visit marks the anniversary of Tatura becoming Victoria’s first Heart Safe Community, an Ambulance Victoria and Heart Foundation program aimed at improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Around 1 in 5 local residents (868 people) have been trained in the use of CPR and defibrillators in cardiac arrest, and 18 defibrillators have been registered with Ambulance Victoria in the past 12 months.

Early findings show increased community confidence with a review of 80 participants, mostly over the age of 65, finding they were three and a half times more likely to perform CPR, and 6 times more likely to use defibrillator.

Thanks to reforms of the system and record investment, 83.8 % of all Code 1 urgent ambulances are arriving within 15 minutes the best quarterly result in Ambulance Victoria’s history.

Victoria State Election will be held on 24 November 2018.

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