Paramedics' new base takes shape

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014

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A new multi-purpose office is closer to reality for St John paramedics at their Fitzroy base.

A small crew has been based at the Beach St Community Hall since October 2012, helping the organisation get around the city quickly.

There are two crews and one ambulance stationed at the hall.

Work has already started on a 21 square metre "mini office" for the paramedics.

It will be fitted with a kitchenette, a dining table and chairs, and computer equipment when completed in December.

St John territory manager Roger Blume said the office would provide crews with a space where "they can function".

Having their own office meant the paramedics can just "slam the door and go" when responding to a call, St John North Taranaki region area committee chairman Doug Ashby said.

Ashby said he was "absolutely rapt" with the $33,000 grant received from Rural Contractors New Zealand, (RCNZ), to go towards the new facility.

It would cost St John between $30,000 to $40,000 to build the unit.

RCNZ president Steve Levet said the organisation was also grateful to sponsors Elders, TracMap, Case IH and RDS System, for helping raise the needed funds.

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