Mernda’s first ambulance station is a step closer after a builder was appointed for the project.
The $3.2 million station will be built on Plenty Road between the Bridge Inn Hotel and Bunnings by Commercial Industrial Construction Group. It is expected to be completed by November.
The station will have four ambulance bays, training facilities, rest and recline rooms, a kitchen and staff car parking.
The 24-hour station will be home to a crew of 15 paramedics who are already working out of the Diamond Creek Ambulance Victoria branch.
Yan Yean MP Danielle Green said the new station would give paramedics the facilities they needed to ensure patients in Mernda and Doreen get the fastest possible emergency response.
According to Ambulance Victoria data, the average code one response time in Whittlesea between January and March was 11.45 minutes, down from 12.22 during the same period last year.
Paramedics responded to 81.1 per cent of code one emergencies in under 15 minutes, up from 77.6 per cent the year before.
“Mernda is growing as more and more families choose to live here. It needs its own ambulance branch to meet soaring demand and we are getting it done,” Ms Green said.