Premier Daniel Andrews officially opened the new state-of-the-art Broadford ambulance branch on Friday.
Mr Andrews and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes joined paramedics and members of the community, in opening the station on Hamilton Street.
The new ambulance station features a four-bay garage for ambulances, areas for paramedics to rest and recuperate, training facilities, and improved security and car parking to make sure paramedics are safe.
For the first time, Broadford has an ambulance station right in the heart of town, meaning when an emergency strikes, care is closer.
The ambulance station is located next to the new CFA station, which provides emergency service staff and volunteers with home base to support, protect and care for the community.
The Broadford CFA station will be officially opened at a community event next year.
“As a Broadford local, I’m so immensely proud that the Labor Government has built our first ever ambulance station, along with the $4 million Nexus Health upgrade, we are making the investments that our growing Broadford community deserve,” Ms Symes said.
The latest response times data for Mitchell Shire Council shows ambulances are arriving at code one emergencies in an average of 13 minutes and 30 seconds – within the benchmark 15-minute period.
Mr Andrews said the new station had everything paramedics needed and its location meant help was just around the corner when an emergency strikes.
“Broadford’s new paramedics deserve the very best station so they can deliver the very best care when it’s needed most. That’s what we promised and that’s what we’ve delivered,” he said.