Belmont, Perth,
11
July
2013
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08:25
Australia/Perth

Kalgoorlie moves into a new era

St John Ambulance officially opened its new $3.7 million Goldfields regional facility today.

The ambulance service begun partial operations from the complex in May, but today marks its official opening.

St John Ambulance WA Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said the Hannan St complex would act as the regional office, sub centre and training facility.

"This is an exciting time for St John in the Goldfields - this regional office and sub centre gives us a great presence in the region and will allow for future growth," he said.

Mr Ahern said SJA was investing heavily in regional areas as part of the regionalisation program that commenced in 2010/11.

"Under this program, construction of a new sub centre in Broome is well underway and Albany and Geraldton are also in the pipeline for substantial building improvements," he said.

"Our large commitment to capital works is driven by a desire to stay ahead of the game and make sure we can cope with the growing demand for services in the regions."

"Centres such as this allow us to combine the main two areas of our business; the ambulance service and first aid training in one modern, spacious facility."

Mr Ahern said the architect and builder worked very hard to complete works ahead of schedule.

He said this enabled St John to vacate its former hospital site in a way that did not conflict with Kalgoorlie Hospital extension works.

St John was also on the lookout for new volunteers to assist with the ambulance service. For more information about this contact 9021 1101 or visit: www.stjohnchangelives.com.au/volunteer-ambulance-officer.html

Useful facts:

  • Kalgoorlie ambulance depot responds to 5100 jobs a year (an average of 14 call-outs every 24 hours).
  • The depot is staffed by nine paramedics and a valuable bank of volunteers.
  • There is always at least one crew of two people to attend a call-out at any time.