Old shed is history
Ambulance officers are pleased to have a new station up and running in Mt Roskill, replacing a portable shed that served the community for several years.
The new premises has a lounge, a kitchen, sleeping quarters, an office and parking bays.
“Staff are very excited,” says Dion Rosario, ambulance team leader for the northern region.
“This is really good for staff.”
He says previously ambulance staff were operating out of a small prefabricated shed which they had to share with the Fire Service.
Mr Rosario says the location of the new station in central Mt Roskill means response times will improve.
“The motorway is convenient.”
The station will house two ambulances, one operating 24 hours a day and the other from 9am to 9pm.
St John’s Northern Region Trust Board fundraised for the station and helped with building improvements.
Regional operations manager Gary Salmon says the new building is more suited to the challenging nature of ambulance work.
“It will be a welcome change for the hardworking crews,” he says.
The station became operational on May 11 and an official opening will be held soon.
The new premises is at 2 Clinker St, Mt Roskill, and the public can ring 0800 St John or for emergencies dial 111.
Extra space: Egon Eberle, left, and Dion Rosario are pleased with the new station as the old one was too small.