Sod turn marks start of ambulance station work
The new $3.8 million Rutherford Ambulance Station is expected to be operational by the end of 2019, with a sod turn on Monday marking the start of construction.
Representatives from NSW Ambulance and Health Infrastructure joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald at the Aberglasslyn Road site, with a nine month construction period about to get underway.
The facility will include a bay to hold seven emergency ambulance vehicles, an education facility and a zone management office area.
“It’s quite a hub,” NSW Ambulance Deputy Director Clinical Operations Evan Clark said.
“The current site has been a little bit restricted for what it was originally built for.
“Our services have changed, our staffing level previously has changed, so this is about a modern facility to actually keep track of where we’re going in the future.”
Mr MacDonald said the station would future-proof the city.
“You drive around here and you see the estates going in, so it’s about being future-proof and having the right emergency services on the ground,” he said.
“The area will need it, there’s no doubt about that.”
Construction is due to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, with a fit-out, commissioning and staff transfer to follow.