New ambulance bay in the works

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The call for a new ambulance station in Cromwell is being answered.

“Substantial” population growth in the town and outlying areas including Wanaka and Queenstown, has driven the need for the new facility.

St John district operations manager Pauline Buchanan said the new ambulance station would ensure the future needs of the township and surrounding community were met.

The proposed new structure will be an IL4 operational building under the New Zealand Building Code, making it resilient during natural disasters.

Ms Buchanan said the proposed new station for Cromwell would house operational vehicles and have the capacity to deal with mass casualty events.

“It is anticipated that the new building will have a drive-through design, ensuring the ambulance garage provides a safe working environment for staff, and the design will ensure emergency service vehicles can be cleaned, restocked and prepared for service.

“Plans for the new Cromwell station include training rooms for public first aid training and youth divisions, as well as spaces for ambulance officers and support staff.”

She said the site of the existing building, on Barry Ave, was a good option for the new facility because it had good access to the main highways, industrial area and residential housing areas.

A temporary premises will be used to provide ambulance garaging during the construction of the new station.

“St John is undergoing a planning and design phase, and once that is finalised and approved, we will have further information to share with the community,” Ms Buchanan said.

“St John relies on fundraising to build all of its new buildings, and we will need the community’s support to help us achieve this project.”