As part of the State Budget’s $109 million funding for ambulance services, the Gisborne branch will receive upgrades with new facilities that will accommodate for more paramedics.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas met with Gisborne paramedics on Thursday to discuss the upgrades and how the improvements will benefit members and the community.

“This funding recognises that this is a very busy ambulance service that provides first class care for the Macedon Ranges,” Ms Thomas said.

“We have a growing community so we want to make sure these guys can continue to deliver some of the fastest response times ever.”

In the January to March quarter, Ambulance Victoria attended a total of 72,318 time-critical Code 1 call-outs throughout the state – 5,705 more than the year before.

In the Macedon Ranges ambulances were arriving at the scene of emergencies in an average time of 13:21 minutes – 59 seconds faster than the year before and 3:15 minutes faster than the Liberals last quarter.

Gisborne senior team manager Tim Fraser said the upgrades will ensure there are more ambulances available and fresher staff.

“The high level of skill we have now requires a lot of training – with a new facility we can do that,” he said.

“We’ll be going to a 24 hour station which is great and also setting up a training branch here as well.”

Planning work will be underway shortly.

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