Good move for the ambos
GOOD Friday will be doubly good for ambulance officers and paramedics in Emerald as they move back into their Cypress St station.
Operations are set to recommence from the Emerald Ambulance Station on Friday for the first time in just over three months following its inundation during the floods in December and January.
A makeshift station was set up at the Emerald Australian Agriculture College and acting officer in charge Brian Hurren said moving back into the centrally located station was going to make responding to emergency calls easier.
He added it was a great feeling to be back in the station with the added bonus of a few improvements being made to the place.
“We are really looking forward to being back in our own space and having a much larger space,” he said.
He said floodwaters came as high as 53c,m causing water damage to ceramic tiles and carpet coverings throughout the building as well as to amenities like built-in cupboards, bench tops and sink units, vanity units and toilet cisterns.
Internal doors were also replaced along with external air-conditioning units and generators and water damage also necessitated the repainting of internal surfaces.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the Queensland Ambulance Service had invested around $500,000 to get the station back online as soon as possible.
“Refurbishment works began immediately after floodwaters subsided to get this station back to operational capacity,” he said.
“It’s a great result for local residents that Emerald station is back up and running in the community so quickly, and I thank local paramedics for their patience while the facility has been returned to operational status.”