SEVEN new full-time paramedics and a new ambulance are now working in Sale.
The new peak period ambulance service will join a mobile intensive care ambulance team, two day shift teams, and a night team.
They are all based at a temporary location in Patten St, while a new branch is being built.
New teams recently came online in other areas of Gippsland, including in Moe, Traralgon and Warragul, as part of state government $500 million plan to cut ambulance response times and employ 450 new paramedics across Victoria.
Sale Ambulance Station is being rebuilt as part of a $20 million spend to modernise and upgrade ambulance facilities across Victoria.
The station is more than 50 years old, is too small to accommodate the service, and lacks training space and rest facilities.
The new Sale branch will feature spacious and functional garages for vehicles, and modern facilities for paramedics, including lounge areas, a kitchen, training rooms and amenities.
Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said families in Sale could have peace of mind, now that more paramedics were responding more quickly to emergencies.
“In an emergency, every second counts,” she said.
“That’s why we’ve fast-tracked these new resources to get more paramedics and ambulances on the road, and save more lives.”
“Instead of going to war with our paramedics, we’re working with them and investing in more paramedics, more vehicles and a state-of-the-art new branch in Sale.”