The Bay and Basin Ambulance Station has been officially opened on the Wool Road with 12 full-time staff members to support the existing station at Huskisson.
The main focus of the new station is to reduce response times and meet the needs of the growing community in the Shoalhaven.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock says the station is now a vital resource.
"We're close to the Princes Highway, so if there are accidents and if there are fatalities that occur, the Ambulance station and the offices are here for instant reaction to those incidents," Ms Hancock said.
The union representing paramedics has been critical of the announcement saying there's not enough staff, but the Government says it will operate 24-7.
Meantime, New South Wales Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan paid tribute to many former ambulance paramedics who were at the opening, highlighting how things were different in the old days.
"The commitment to the community was such that when the Ambulance officers would go out to answer the calls, the wives would be at home answering the triple 0 calls to take the next one for their husbands," Mr Morgan said.
"The whole world has changed now," he said.
The new Bay and Basin Ambulance Station features:
- ·internal parking for up to four emergency ambulance vehicles
- ·administration and office areas
- ·logistics and storage areas
- ·multipurpose meeting/training room
- ·relief accommodation
- ·staff parking
- ·delivery and loading bay
- ·external wash bay.
Story by Andrew Page
Photo credit: Office of Shelley Hancock