Old shed is his­tory

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

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