They are usually the first on the scene of a car accident or when someone has a medical emergency, it’s only fitting they get a base worthy of their role.
Manningham’s state-of-the-art ambulance station is set to be operating by the middle of next year.
Construction has begun on Ambulance Victoria’s Doncaster station on the site of the former Templestowe fire station on Foote St.
Manningham Leader reported the site was secured in March 2019 after an 18-month search.
The station will operate around-the-clock and feature a six-bay drive in-and-out garage, training facilities, rest and recline areas, a kitchen and on-site staff carparking.
Eastern Metropolitan Region state Labor MP Sonja Terpstra was on hand for the turning of the first sod last week.
Ms Terpstra said she was excited to see work begin on the project, which was part of the State Government’s Ambulance Victoria development program.
The program involves modernising, rebuilding and upgrading outdated stations and ambulances throughout Victoria.
“It’s great to celebrate this important milestone and kick start building works,” Ms Terpstra said.
“Locals can rest assured that when an emergency strikes, lifesaving paramedics will be just around the corner.”
Ms Terpstra’s office was unable to give the total cost of the project.