Ambulance works start
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.