The Marshall Liberal Government today officially opened South Australia’s newest ambulance station, in a major boost for residents in Adelaide’s north.
With nearly 100 staff at the facility, including around 30 paramedics, the Parafield Ambulance Station is now the largest in the State.
In the growing northern suburbs, the 24/7 station is also bound to be one of the busiest.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said, in the past four weeks since the station has been operational, crews from Parafield have attended more than 2,300 incidents, including nearly 80 Priority One call-outs for life-threatening conditions.
“The selection of the site followed a rigorous assessment of demand for ambulance services in the local community,” Minister Wade said.
“Over the past decade, the northern suburbs have grown considerably.
“Investment in new, safe, modern infrastructure reinforces our commitment to ensuring South Australians receive quality healthcare when they need it.”
The $5.38 million facility is located on the Parafield Airport site, giving crew members vital access to Main North Road and communities in the north.
“The location of this new station will lead to improved response times, with easy access to get patients to both Modbury and Lyell McEwin Hospitals,” Minister Wade said.
“This investment can give locals the peace of mind that an ambulance is just a call away when they need one and will help our hard-working paramedics continue doing what they do best – saving lives.”
The opening of the Parafield facility follows the Glengowrie station opening just two weeks ago.
SA Ambulance Service Chief Executive Officer (Interim), David Place said the new station is a major boost for local ambulance crews.
“Crews now have a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility to call home. This facility meets all the current operating requirements to do our job safely and efficiently, so we can deliver the best possible service for the local community, but it also provides for potential expansion in the future, as this northern community grows. It’s an incredible station,” Mr Place said.
The station will house 14 ambulances and four light fleet vehicles and includes training and study areas, ergonomic work stations and modern staff accommodation.