The new $3 million Ambulance Victoria branch in Tarneit has been opened by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy.
On Friday, Ms Hennessy visited the Bethany Way station, which has been operating since October last year, and met many of the 30 advanced life support and MICA paramedics based at the station.
Before moving to the Tarneit branch, the paramedics worked from a converted factory in Hoppers Crossing.
Ms Hennessy said she was “very excited” to be given a tour of the new Tarneit station which includes four ambulance bays, six bedrooms and a training room.
“We know that in the Wyndham area, we’re seeing extraordinary growth, and it is important that we continue to make sure these growing communities have access to the sorts of facilities and services they need,” she said.
“This is a wonderful branch, the paramedics do a fantastic job, they’re improved their response times to this local community by over 20 per cent in the last three years, and they’re working hard to keep our community safe.”
Ambulance Victoria metro-west group manager Graeme Parker said paramedics appreciated the support the state government was providing by funding the new Tarneit station.
“The government is enabling us to be the most effective in our responsiveness to community needs and clinical outcomes,” he said.