Preston Ambulance Station to be Rebuilt
Preston Labor MP Robin Scott said today that the State Government will rebuild Preston Ambulance Station as part of a $20 million investment to modernise and upgrade ambulance facilities across Victoria.
Preston Ambulance Station has been identified as one of Victoria’s worst. Constructed in the 1960s, the station, located on Gilbert Road, is in very poor condition, lacks basic facilities, and has a number of occupational health and safety issues that pose a risk to paramedics.
“The building has only a single entry and exit point, which means paramedics have to reverse into oncoming traffic when they are called out to an emergency. The facility is long past its use-by date and poses an occupational health and safety risk to the paramedics based there”, Mr Scott said.
“On 4 August I raised the subject of the poor state of the Preston Ambulance Station with the Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessey”, Mr Scott continued. “I asked the Minister to advise when the much-needed upgrade to the Preston ambulance station will occur.”
Mr Scott said that he was delighted to receive an answer from the Minister so soon. He expected work to begin in the next few months.
“It is crucial that Victoria’s ambulance branches are safe and fit-for-purpose, as well as comfortable and modern for paramedics who work long and often unsociable hours.”
“I’m extremely pleased that the Government is going to rebuild our local ambulance station. It will mean that our dedicated paramedics can better and more quickly respond to critical medical emergencies in our community.”
Mr Scott said that The Andrews Labor Government has invested an extra $99 million in ambulance services in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. This extra funding will also provide increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.