The Andrews Labor Government has completed a new state-of-the-art ambulance station to help paramedics on the Bellarine Peninsula reach critical emergencies faster and save lives.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today officially opened the new Swan Bay ambulance branch in Mannerim which will now provide training facilities, rest and recline rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, as well as four dedicated ambulance response bays, security and staff car parking.
The station is located between Queenscliff and St Leonards, which means paramedics can respond to medical emergencies faster, giving both locals and tourists the peace of mind, they deserve.
The branch is home to the Swan Bay Advanced Life Support (ALS) 12-hour paramedic crew, while extra paramedics can also be based at the branch to help meet peak demand on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The Labor Government has invested a record $1 billion to deliver more paramedics, more vehicles and more stations. This includes a big $299 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
Latest data shows ambulances managed the largest number of emergency cases for the July to September quarter, with 78,130 Code 1 call-outs across Victoria. This is up from 69,753 in the same quarter a year earlier.
Our dedicated paramedics managed more than 8300 extra callouts in the September quarter, arriving within the benchmark of 15 minutes for 83.3 per cent of Code 1 calls – up from 71.8 per cent in 2014.
In Queenscliff the average Code 1 response time has improved from 21:26 minutes in 2014/15 to 15:32 minutes in the September quarter of 2019/20. During the same time, the average response time has improved from 13:50 minutes to 11:05 minutes in the City of Greater Geelong.