IT'S the hub of the Highlands for emergency services and, yesterday, the new ambulance station was officially unveiled.
With members from emergency services turning out for the event, the importance of the new station was clear.
A $2.78 million dollar facility, featuring the latest technology and completely flood-proof, was unveiled by local member Vaughan Johnson and chief operations officer Craig Emery.
"This ambulance station is an asset," Mr Emery said.
"We strive to excel in pre-hospital care, and this station is a result of much planning and communication with many key people in the community.
"With stations like this, it ensures the training of our paramedics continues."
Mr Johnson echoed the sentiments.
"The catchment area here covers the whole region, and the work you do is so important," he told local ambulance officers.
"The hours you work and the time you put in, I am very pleased to see this station open.
"These stations are vital for people like yourself to work in, in a modern facility with the latest technology to ensure you can do your jobs to the full extent.
"You're the frontline; you put your lives on the line every day and that doesn't go unnoticed.
"I hope it will be a facility to service Emerald and the entire region."
The old station was demolished mid-last year.
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