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Multi-million dollar ambulance super centre

An artist’s impression of the new ambulance station proposed for Aberglasslyn Road, Rutherford.The State Government has announced plans to build a$3.8millionambulance training, education and dispatch centre thatwill employ 32people, onAberglasslyn Road, Rutherford.

Health Infrastructure NSW has flagged the proposal with Maitland City Council who will now place plans for the state-of-the-art development on exhibition for public comment.

The State plans building two structures on No. 65 Aberglasslyn Road, one building to accommodateon-call Ambulance officers, the other used for training and education purposes.

The site is flanked by a new children’s day care centre and a hardware business.

The station will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a weekand the education facility between 7am and 5pm.

The ambulance station is expected to have a maximum number of 24 staff members working from the site at any given time.

The new Maitland station is part of the State’s $122 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Program.

The program currently includes 23 locations across the state that will benefit from an upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new ambulance station.

It is the biggest regional and rural transformation of NSW Ambulance infrastructure in the organisation’s history.

Designed with input from local ambulance staff the new Maitland station will includeadministration support as well as educational facilities and relief accommodation.

A Health Infrastructure spokesperson said construction on the new station is expected to begin later this year.

Once completed, the station will include:Increased internal parking for up to sevenemergency ambulance vehicles, administration and office areas, amenities, logistics and storage areas, staffparking and aneducation facility and zone office.

“Thenew building will replace the existing 45-year-old station in Gillies Street, Rutherford and will better support paramedics to deliver high quality emergency mobile care to the community,” the spokesperson said.

“All new RAIR station locations are chosen based on careful and extensive modelling of ambulance demand and with important operational considerations in mind such as access to major roads to support effective ambulance response to emergency patients.”

Twenty threeupgraded, rebuilt or new regional and rural ambulance stations have been announced under the State’s RAIR program, including completed stations at Wagga Wagga, Coolamon, Ardlethan and Harden.

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