DOORS OPEN FOR MERNDA’S FIRST AMBULANCE BRANCH

Life-saving paramedics can get to the scene of an emergency in Mernda even faster with the opening of the first ever ambulance branch for one of Australia’s fastest growing communities.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today officially opened the Andrews Labor Government’s $4.1 million cutting-edge Mernda ambulance branch, which will help paramedics provide round-the-clock emergency care for locals.

With a modern and spacious branch located in the heart of Mernda, paramedics can now get to the scene of local emergencies sooner – and save more lives.

The new facility has four ambulance bays, training facilities, rest and recline rooms, a fully-fitted kitchen and staff car parking.

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. The latest data shows 84.2 per cent of ambulances are arriving within the benchmark 15 minutes – an improvement on 83 per cent a year prior.

In 2014 when the Liberals were in power, only 73.2 per cent arrived within 15 minutes – and ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland.

In the City of Whittlesea, we are seeing more improvement, with 82.2 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 81.1 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Whittlesea over the same period has improved from 11:45 minutes to 11:16 minutes.

We’re now building on our record investment with nearly $300 million in the recent Victorian Budget to meet increasing demand, maintain improved response performance and for more paramedics, vehicles, new ambulance stations and to convert single-crew stations into dual crews.

 Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

 “In an emergency every second counts. This modern home base means Mernda families can have peace of mind that life-saving paramedics are just around the corner and can arrive faster than ever before – all day, every day.”

“We’ve fixed the ambulance crisis that put lives at risk and continue backing our paramedics with record funding to improve response times and ensure they have the cutting-edge facilities they need to do their job saving lives.”

“We thank the local community for their patience as we delivered this important service.”

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