Critical ambulance services in the Taranaki region will receive a major boost with the establishment of three new St John Ambulance centres, to be located in New Plymouth, Hawera and Stratford.
The new ambulance centres will be constructed with support from Todd Energy, and are currently expected to be operational in New Plymouth from December 2019, in Stratford from mid-2020 and the final centre in Hawera is due to be complete by mid-2021.
St John Central Region General Manager, Andrew Boyd, says the new centres will be a significant enhancement of essential St John services across Taranaki.
“In each of these three key locations the current facilities are no longer fit-for-purpose, and the new buildings will not only provide improved functionality for the emergency service but will also provide a space for the many St John volunteers who operate our important community programmes.”
“Given the critical community service St John provides, it’s really important that we have purpose-built ambulance and community hubs, and we’re very grateful to Todd Energy for their support in helping us to create these much-needed spaces in New Plymouth, Stratford and Hawera.”
Todd Energy’s CEO, Dr Joanna Breare, says the company is very pleased to partner with St John.
“St John operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing a life-saving service to communities right across the Taranaki region. Todd is committed to enhancing community wellbeing by supporting the Ambulance service as it continues to meet the growing needs of the wider community.”
St John provides ambulance services and community programmes throughout New Zealand including first aid courses, Health Shuttle, event medical services, medical alarms, St John Youth, Caring Caller, Friends of the Emergency Department and ASB St John in Schools.