Saturday, July 13, 2024

Mega ambulance station opens in central Sydney

One of the largest ambulance stations in NSW is now operational, with the official opening today of the Central Sydney Ambulance Station.

Located on the site of the former Coroner’s Court of NSW in Forest Lodge, the Central Sydney Ambulance Station is on the doorstep of the CBD.

“Today marks a new chapter in NSW Ambulance’s nearly 130-year history serving people in and around Sydney’s CBD,” said NSW Premier, Chris Minns.

“Ambulance services in Sydney began in a borrowed police station at Railway Square in 1895. This new facility shows just how far ambulance services have come since then.

“The new Central Sydney Ambulance Station will serve this part of Sydney for many years to come.”

The Central Sydney Ambulance Station includes:

  • 30 parking bays for ambulance vehicles and 5 parking bays for motorcycle rapid response units;
  • Rapid roller door allowing crews to get on the road faster;
  • Administration, office areas and training rooms;
  • Gym room, showers, changerooms and rest area to promote the wellbeing of our emergency workers;
  • Rooftop solar panels along with uninterrupted power supply batteries.

The NSW Government has committed $438.6 million to a major boost to NSW Ambulance in regional and rural areas, with 500 paramedics to be recruited over a 4-year period and three new helicopter bases to be built.

“This new facility means our paramedics are in the best place to respond to any job, while having a facility with the capacity for the current and future growth needs for emergency ambulance services, not just in the CBD but throughout surrounding suburbs,” said NSW Health Minister, Ryan Park.

“The state-of-the-art Central Sydney Ambulance Station can accommodate more than 200 staff, 30 ambulance vehicles as well as space for 3 motorcycle rapid response units, which is a massive boost to our growing network of ambulance stations throughout the state.

“This purpose-built facility will be a centralised hub for paramedics to start and finish their shifts from; it will also streamline logistical tasks such as cleaning and restocking and provide space for on-station training and education.”

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive, Dr Dominic Morgan said the new station will further enhance paramedics’ ability to save lives.

“Sydney is an international city that attracts millions of visitors from overseas and interstate each year, therefore having a large ambulance station right near the heart of the city will further optimise our responses within the CBD and surrounding suburbs,” he said.

“Central Sydney Ambulance Station is a vital hub in our network of hundreds of stations right across NSW. This new facility will ensure we continue to provide excellent emergency medical care now and into the future.”

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