New St John home in the works

Daryna ZadvirnaAlbany Advertiser
St John chief executive Michelle Fyfe.
Camera IconSt John chief executive Michelle Fyfe. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

A new St John Ambulance sub-centre is set to be built in Albany, according to St John chief executive Michelle Fyfe, who revealed the plans during her visit to the city last week.

Ms Fyfe said St John had recently purchased land on Sanford Road, opposite the Albany PCYC, where the new sub-centre would be built.

The project is still in the planning phase, with the design being circulated for building approval, before demolition and construction can start at the new site.

“The Albany sub-centre that we’ve got now has served us very well, but it’s time to look and invest into the future,” she said.

The new centre would be bigger and more modern so it could house a growing number of staff and stay up-to-date with emerging technologies.

“Extra paramedics have recently been placed in Albany, so we want to ensure that the accommodation we build is suitable for growth, should that be required, but also suitable for modern paramedic work,” Ms Fyfe said.

She said space to house vehicles correctly and for training opportunities — including digital training — was also required.

Ms Fyfe was in Albany on Friday for St John’s Great Southern annual meeting, which involved clinical training and professional development for staff and volunteers, as well as discussions about the organisation’s future.

“I suppose for the people of Albany and surrounding areas, that’s about how do we ensure some equity in the delivery of those ambulance services, particularly here in the Great Southern?” she said.

“We get out regularly into the regional areas of WA to spend time with the locals, to engage with local volunteers and local staff and to look at those specific local problems.

“So there’s lots of work, there's lots of talking, but out of that there will come lots of action as well.”

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