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St John Am­bu­lance paramedics Chelsey Allen and Sharn­telle Whyte cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Katan­ning sub cen­tre after its first ren­o­va­tion in 20 years.

St John Am­bu­lance Katan­ning wel­comed a new era for its lo­cal he­roes as they cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial open­ing of its newly ren­o­vated am­bu­lance sub cen­tre.

The sub cen­tre re­opened on Novem­ber 10 after its first ren­o­va­tion in 20 years.

It now has room for four am­bu­lances and plenty of space for growth.

St John re­gional man­ager Cas­san­dra Hughes said Katan­ning am­bu­lance of­fi­cers car­ried out more than 900 jobs a year.

“The new build­ing has a des­ig­nated ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice and first aid train­ing area which will help in our pur­pose to in­crease the pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion trained in first aid, ul­ti­mately im­prov­ing com­mu­nity re­silience,” she said.

“The lat­est ren­o­va­tions are in­tended to be as fu­ture-proof as pos­si­ble, with space to house up to eight ve­hi­cles should the need arise.

“These ren­o­va­tions have been three years in the mak­ing and are the re­sult of many count­less hours of vol­un­teers’ time in or­der to bring the project to fruition, with their com­mit­ment de­liv­er­ing an out­stand­ing cen­tre.”

The orig­i­nal build­ing on this site was built in 1957 and housed just a sin­gle am­bu­lance.

The pro­vi­sion of a vol­un­teer-run com­mu­nity trans­port ve­hi­cle is also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, for those who don’t have their own means of trans­port.

St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Fyfe and the south­ern re­gional team were present for the cel­e­bra­tion.

Chelsey Allen and Kura the Bear.

St John Am­bu­lance paramedics at the open day.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Fyfe presents Paul Bradley with his ser­vice medal.

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