Am­bu­lance works start

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Laura Briggs

Tatura will soon wel­come its first ever am­bu­lance branch.

The govern­ment ini­tia­tive that aims to pro­vide Tatura lo­cals with ac­cess to quicker re­sponses when faced with life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies has be­gun works.

Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jill Hennessy paid a spe­cial visit to the Casey St con­struc­tion site last Wed­nes­day to turn the first sod along­side com­mu­nity mem­bers and Tatura’s Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School stu­dents.

Ms Hennessy said the state-of-the-art branch that was on track to be com­pleted by mid next year would pro­vide res­i­dents with peace of mind know­ing care was around the corner.

‘‘We are putting Tatura fam­i­lies first and build­ing the town’s first ever am­bu­lance branch to cut am­bu­lance re­sponse times,’’ Ms Hennessy said.

‘‘The new 24/7 home base will give paramedics the very safest and mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties they need.’’

Ms Hennessy’s visit marked the 12-month an­niver­sary of Tatura be­com­ing Vic­to­ria’s first Heart Safe Com­mu­nity — an Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria and Heart Foun­da­tion pro­gram aimed at im­prov­ing sur­vival from out-of-hos­pi­tal car­diac ar­rest.

In that time one in five lo­cal res­i­dents have been trained in the use of the CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tors in car­diac ar­rest and 18 de­fib­ril­la­tors have been reg­is­tered with Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria.

Find­ings fromthe train­ing have showed in­creased com­mu­nity con­fi­dence with a re­view of 80 par­tic­i­pants, mostly above the age of 65, find­ing they were three- and-a-half times more likely to per­form CPR, and six times more likely to use a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Ms Hennessy said the Tatura branch was part of a statewide $500 mil­lion plan that would em­ploy 450 more paramedics, buy new ve­hi­cles, build more sta­tions and cut re­sponse times.

She said thanks to the re­forms 83.3 per cent of all code-one ur­gent am­bu­lances were ar­riv­ing within 15 min­utes — the best quar­terly re­sult in Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria his­tory.

Rapt: Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jill Hennessy turns the sod along­side Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria mem­bers.

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