WORK has started on a new ambulance depot and first aid training centre in Ellenbrook.
The building on Commercial Road is expected to be completed in March and become fully operational mid-year.
St John metro ambulance general manager Phil Martin said it was appropriate to have a centre in the fast-growing area to meet demand for services.
“We’ve been operating for several years now in a leased property that wasn’t built for purpose so this new facility will prove to be a real asset to the local community,” he said.
“This new depot will provide a modern, secure hub for our people and allow us to invite the public in for first aid training.”
The new ambulance depot will operate 24 hours a day and include an eight-bay drive-through garage, secure site with paramedic parking and a large open space-style crew area.
The first aid training centre will have an administration area, reception and first aid kit retail, two training rooms and a student courtyard.
St John performed almost 250,000 ambulance cases in the Perth metro area in 2017-18.
Ellenbrook is one of 30 metro locations providing emergency ambulance and patient transfer services.
More than 400,000 West Australians did first-aid training with St John in 2017-18.