Tatura's first ambulance station was officially opened yesterday by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.
The modern base features a training space for paramedics, a four-bay garage, a kitchen, rest and recline areas and secure car parking for paramedics.
Ms Mikakos said it was wonderful for Tatura to have its own paramedic base.
“This brand new station will give paramedics the base they deserve, and patients the peace of mind that help is just around the corner when they need it most," she said.
Mr Andrews said the new station was essential for the community.
“Tatura deserves its own ambulance station and paramedics — and that’s what we’ve delivered," he said.
Tatura is Victoria's first Heart Safe Community, an Ambulance Victoria and Heart Foundation initiative backed by the Victorian Government to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.
Since the project began 18 months ago, 1055 people — about a quarter of the Tatura population — have been trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
The number of registered automated external defibrillators in the community has grown from three to 26, including seven that are publicly accessible 24/7.