St John base platform for the future

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

The Tambellup community welcomed the new and improved St John Ambulance subcentre with an official ceremony on March 9.

For the past 51 years, the original building has served Tambellup and the surrounding communities for its volunteer ambulance service and first-aid training, but it was no longer suitable for operating a modern ambulance service, according to St John Ambulance country general manager Julian Smith.

“This larger, modern facility will provide us with the ideal stage to evolve our services for the communities of the Great Southern,” he said.

“Funding for the project came from the Tambellup subcentre committee, with additional funds generously donated from the Katanning subcentre to allow the project to be realised.”

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The new building is a purpose-built facility, which features a drive-through garage with adequate equipment storage facilities, a first-aid training room, kitchen facilities and fatigue management rooms.

“This new centre will help deliver our integrated model of service, where volunteers and community paramedics work side by side and first aid plays an integral part in the chain of survival,” Mr Smith said.

“We have a commitment to providing a world-class ambulance service to the region and this new subcentre will benefit Tambellup and the wider community for many years to come.”

The construction project started in July and was completed in November last year.

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