New Kelmscott ambulance depot a state-of-the-art life saver

St John Ambulance's Garry Mews, Aaron Dean, Mel Cartwright and Jo Au. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d467730
St John Ambulance's Garry Mews, Aaron Dean, Mel Cartwright and Jo Au. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d467730

KELMSCOTT’s brand new ambulance depot has opened its doors.

The $3.5 million St John Ambulance facility is providing first aid training and integrating ambulance services from the Armadale and Gosnells depots.

The two-storey building is home to an eight-ambulance garage, two first aid training rooms, a student lunch room, and an admin office area.

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St John Ambulance area manager Garry Mews said the state-of-the-art facility means better response times, more crews, and more resources for the community after the service had outgrown its old Gosnells and Armadale depots.

“It’s like being in a new house, it’s lovely,” said Mr Mews.

“It definitely improves the staff morale, it makes an easier work environment for the paramedics. It’s a more comfortable place to have some downtime after their traumatic jobs, and the whole layout of the depot is more functional that what we’ve had in the past.”

First aid training sessions started at the building on March 1, and ambulance crews started operating out of the depot on March 12.

The new location at 3 Turner St, Kelmscott, puts the ambulance depot right in the heart of the area’s growing population, and provides easy access to highways.