Ambos welcome news of super station

New base: Paramedics Gavin Wood, Phil Sweet, Tony Farrell, Katherine Goodfellow and Anna Hofner at the site of the super ambulance station. Picture: Anna Warr

New base: Paramedics Gavin Wood, Phil Sweet, Tony Farrell, Katherine Goodfellow and Anna Hofner at the site of the super ambulance station. Picture: Anna Warr

IT WAS once Liverpool's political epicentre but after being gutted by fire and left vacant for almost four years the future of 1 Hoxton Park Road is finally clear.

The state government announced it would spend $24.5 million on five new super ambulance stations, including one at the site of the former Liverpool Council chambers, as part of its upcoming budget.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Gavin Wood, based at the current Liverpool station on Forbes Street, was looking forward to the new station being built.

"It's still in the planning stages but from what we understand it's going to be a hub station for this area," Inspector Wood said.

"We've been in this station where we are now since 1964 so understandably we've outgrown it since then. The population of Liverpool has grown significantly and it's forecast to grow even further."

He said the hub would enable more ambulances to be based in the area and provide space for training.

"Currently, we have six ambulances and 47 staff at the station but this will allow us to increase those numbers significantly to cater to the needs of the community."

Inspector Wood said the new location would also make it easier for paramedics to get out of Liverpool because they will have direct access to the Hume Highway without having to go through the CBD.

Menai MP Melanie Gibbons said the Liverpool station would be the biggest in the state and would house 40 ambulances.

"This is a fantastic boost to local healthcare," she said.

The other stations would be at Bankstown, Blacktown, Kogarah and Penrith.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said these sites were identified as part of the NSW Ambulance Sydney Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy, which aimed to improve response times by reorganising and enhancing infrastructure to serve paramedics.

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