New super station on the horizon
PENRITH’S 76-year-old ambulance station in High St will shut its doors when the new “super” station opens on the other end of the street, near Nepean Hospital.
An Ambulance NSW spokeswoman said the current Penrith Ambulance Station, opposite Woodriff Gardens Tennis Courts, was built in 1941 and “is no longer fit to support paramedics or the local community”.
The new station at 141-152 High St, is expected to be completed this year.
“Penrith staff will start and end their shifts at the brand new superstation (short for Paramedic Response Centre),” she said. “The current ageing station has capacity for nine ambulance vehicles and 42 staff.”
The new facility will house up to 22 ambulance vehicles and be supported by “a network of existing stations and standby facilities called Paramedic Response Points which will be strategically located in areas of high patient demand’’.
It will also include administration, office areas and amenities, as well as on-site parking, a logistics and storage area and an external wash bay. The project is being delivered as part of the NSW government-funded $150 million Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Strategy.
Penrith was selected as one of the state’s five superstation locations due to its proximity to arterial roads and a major hospital.
NSW Ambulance receives a triple-0 call every 28 seconds on average.
Penrith Ambulance Station in the 1930s.