Glen Elmes hands over new ambulance for Noosa

An ambulance vehicle worth more than $215,000 was officially handed over to the Noosa Heads ambulance station today.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 319 would allow the Noosa Heads ambulance station to more effectively meet the demands of the local community.

“Ambulance personnel and fleet at Noosa Heads travel many thousands of kilometres every year in response to medical emergencies,” Mr Elmes said.

“As a consequence, it is vitally important that the Noosa Heads ambulance station has a well-maintained fleet appropriate to meet the needs of the Noosa area so as to deliver the quality service that has come to be expected in this region.

“In 2013-14, the Newman Government will deliver 155 new and replacement ambulance vehicles to stations right across Queensland.”

Mr Elmes said the new vehicle would make ambulance response and transport safer and more comfortable for both patients and paramedics.

“The vehicle is fitted with the latest technology for the operation of both the vehicle and patient care features,” he said.

“It is a significant investment in the community’s safety and demonstrates the Newman Government’s commitment to ensuring that the Queensland Ambulance Service remains one of the top performing emergency service organizations in the country.

“It takes a unique person to commit themselves to a profession entirely focused on helping others and this vehicle will support those personnel in providing the best possible pre-hospital medical care,” Mr Elmes said