Cranbrook gets flash new ambulance hub

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The new St John sub-centre.
Camera IconThe new St John sub-centre.

A new “state-of-the-art” St John sub centre is officially set to open in Cranbrook this Saturday.

The $600,000 facility features a four-bay drive-through garage, a big training room, improved amenities, increased storage space, two quiet rooms, and a large debrief space.

St John head of country operations Justin Fonte said the new building would ensure the team continued to provide a high level of service for the Cranbrook community and surrounding areas.

“The original building was more than 50 years old and didn’t have a dedicated training area — we had to hire facilities to conduct training or run functions,” he said.

“This larger, purpose-built sub centre will have many benefits for the community as we will be able to conduct more training courses and be better equipped to help more people.”

Cranbrook’s former sub centre first opened in 1975 on Gordon Street.

Demolition of the old building and construction of the new facility took nearly 12 months, with St John operating out of a local community hall in the interim. “We are extremely grateful to the local community for their support of this project,” Mr Fonte said.

“Without their donations, the work wouldn’t have been possible.

“We have a commitment to providing a world-class ambulance service to the region and this new sub centre will benefit Cranbrook and the wider community for many years to come.”

St John chief executive Michelle Fyfepraised the Cranbrook community for helping make the project happen. “The locals there have done a fantastic job doing some fundraising, and we’re really excited for them,” she said.

According to Ms Fyfe, another new St John sub centre is set to open in Gnowangerup next month.

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