A new ambulance station opened on 69 Matterhorn Drive in Clyde North after nearly two years of planning and constructing.
The new 24-hour facility features a four-bay garage for ambulances, four rest and recline areas for paramedics to recuperate, training facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, car parking, and updated security to enhance paramedic safety.
The location of the site was carefully selected for its proximity to main roads and major sites in the area including nature parks, manufacturing precincts, and community facilities – ensuring the best coverage of ambulance services for the community.
“Our paramedics are the very best of us – we know local communities rely on their expertise when faced with a health emergency, making the new Clyde North Ambulance Station all the more important,” Minister for Ambulance Services Mary-Anne Thomas said.
The new station is one of over 35 new or upgraded ambulance stations delivered since 2015, with construction on another 16 currently underway.
A total of more than $2 billion has been invested in ambulance services by the State Government, doubling the on-road workforce with 2200 more paramedics delivering lifesaving care to Victorians.
The State Government is also delivering Australia’s first Paramedic Practitioners with a master’s course at Monash University from 2024, with the first 25 paramedic practitioners trained and on the road by 2026.
A new Centre for Excellence in Paramedicine at Victoria University is also being established to train the next generation of paramedics, providing advanced teaching methods – with a capacity to train around 1500 students each year.