New paramedics fast tracked in Ararat

The Andrews Government has fast tracked a new paramedic team and vehicle in Ararat as part of a record $500 million plan to cut ambulance response times and employ 450 new paramedics across the state.

Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today announced a peak period ambulance service for the Ararat community hit the road on the 5th of June.

The new ambulance vehicle will be staffed by a team equivalent to seven extra full-time paramedics.

It is an addition to the 24-hour ambulance team presently based at the Ararat branch, which will undergo minor capital works to give paramedics modern and safer facilities, and room to grow.

Ms Hennessy said it means that paramedics have the extra resources they need to respond even faster to life-threatening medical emergencies and save more lives.

“We have ended the ambulance crisis and Ararat families can have peace of mind that paramedics are now responding even faster to medical emergencies,” Ms Hennessy said.

“In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why we fast-tracked these new resources to get more paramedics and ambulances on the road, and save more lives,” she said.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the government is rebuilding the ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals.

“Our record $500 million funding boost comes on top of the $144 million provided in the recent State Budget,” Ms Pulford said.

“The extra resources in Ararat will make a huge difference, allowing paramedics to respond quicker. That means more locals will get the life-saving care they need, when they need it,” she said.