Faster response to emergency calls

Cecil 'Dick' Lucas' widow Phyliss with her son Dave Lucas and ambulance |paramedic Sue Byrne.d409810
Cecil 'Dick' Lucas' widow Phyliss with her son Dave Lucas and ambulance |paramedic Sue Byrne.d409810

The $2.2 million St John Ambulance Depot and First Aid Training Centre on Collier Road, Morley, was officially opened on Friday, October 25.

Mr Sherriff said the facility was upgraded to accommodate double the amount of ambulances resourced from the depot, with four available from the site.

‘The depot can accommodate up to 10 ambulances and five crews at any time,’ he said. ‘Because we’ve got more resources, we’ll decrease the response time, and so we’ll be able to ensure that we are able to get to patients when seconds count in the case of unscheduled events.

‘The Morley area is a high-volume area for us. It’s high density, and we want to be able to meet those needs for the community.’

As part of the upgrade, St John Ambulance has expanded its Morley volunteer section in the hope of encouraging more locals to serve the community.

Mr Sherriff said 86 volunteers worked from the depot, with the importance of serving the community marked with a photograph and plaque in honour of Cecil ‘Dick’ Lucas, the founder of the inaugural centre.

Mr Lucas’ son, Dave, said he was proud to see his father’s legacy of providing first- aid training locally continue to thrive.

‘Dad’s whole life was committed to St John Ambulance,’ Dave said.

‘He was in the Royal Navy as a medical officer and he knew the importance of when someone’s injured, the people that first got there were the most critical.

‘I think that transpired into his life after the war.

‘After he came to Australia he taught at Bassendean, then at Bedford RSL.

‘In about 1973, the then government donated a block of land at the current site to St John and he set about fundraising to raise all the money to build the first depot in the area.

‘Dad had a vision; if it wasn’t for his vision, we might not have an ambulance centre there at all.’