Belmont, Perth,
26
July
2019
|
04:22
Australia/Perth

New St John Ellenbrook centre opens

Work has been completed on the new St John WA ambulance depot and first aid training centre in Ellenbrook and it is now in operation.

St John Ambulance Operations Director Deon Brink said Ellenbrook was a fast growing area and it was feasible to have a centre that could match the demand for services in the area.

“We’ve been operating for several years now in a leased property that wasn’t built for purpose so this new facility will be a real asset to the local community,” he said

The centre has an eight bay garage, improved amenities for staff and also a dedicated first aid training facility.

“Having a local first aid training facility will be much more convenient and we hope it will encourage more people to take the opportunity to learn vital lifesaving skills,” Mr Brink said.

Making the centre more unique, St John commissioned WA artist Aidan Garnett to create a mural on the outside wall that represents a sense of community and belonging.

“St John WA invested $4,150,000 in this project to ensure Ellenbrook and the surrounding areas have 24 hour a day access to high quality emergency medical care.”

St John performed almost 250,000 ambulance cases in the Perth metro area in 2017/18 and more than 400,000 West Australians undertook first aid training with St John.

Among those who attended the officail opening on July 26 were St John Chairman Shayne Leslie and CEO Michelle Fyfe.