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New era for St John in Karratha

The new $4m St John Ambulance WA sub centre and first aid training facility will officially open in Karratha today.Karratha sub centre opening

The new facility on De Grey Place will incorporate first aid training, ambulance and regional offices. The facility was built with financial assistance from the Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project and Pluto LNG.

St John Ambulance Country Ambulance General Manager Julian Smith said the ambulance service had delivered quality care to the Karratha community for many years and the growth in Karratha had created a need for the new facilities.

“This larger, modern facility will provide us with the ideal stage to expand and evolve our services for the Karratha community,” he said.

“We are grateful that the Woodside-operated NWS Project and Pluto LNG have invested so generously to help us build the new facility.”

“This new centre will help deliver our integrated model of service, where volunteers and career paramedics work side by side and first aid plays an integral part in the chain of survival.”

The project will contribute to the continued operation of a 24/7 ambulance service in Karratha and provide additional facilities for the increase in demand for first aid training.

In 2014/15, Karratha paramedics and ambulance volunteers treated more than 1,400 people and St John also trained more than 1,800 people in first aid.

The North West Shelf (NWS) Project and Pluto LNG committed $2 million towards the project and construction started in early 2015. The project also complements Woodside and St John Ambulance’s other collaborations — the community first responder program to get defibrillators into the community and training Karratha high school students in first aid.

Niall Myles, Woodside’s Senior Vice President North West Shelf, said the North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG were pleased their investment has delivered a valuable and much-needed addition to community infrastructure in Karratha.

“The $2 million investment in the new ambulance sub centre continues a strong partnership between our organisations including volunteering, first aid training and the provision of emergency defibrillators,” Niall said.

“We have a shared commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the City of Karratha and this new sub centre will benefit our employees and the wider community for many years to come.”