Ambulance in 10 minutes: Mildura has one of the quickest response times

MILDURA has one of the quickest ambulance response times in rural Victoria.

Paramedics in Mildura take an average of 10 minutes to arrive from the time calls are made to 000, according to Ambulance Victoria response data from the past 13 months.

The data shows response times of 19 minutes for Ouyen and 12 minutes for both Robinvale and Irymple.

Ambulance group manager for Northern Mallee district Steve Fumberger said Mildura and Swan Hill had some of the best response times in rural Victoria.

“One of the great things about Mildura is all the great paramedics,” Mr Fumberger said.

“We are a training ground for ambulance paramedics.

“We are both meeting and bettering our standards and are currently reviewing our strategies in regards to improving our response times for the Sunraysia district.”

Mr Fumberger said Mildura had five vehicles in action at its ambulance station.

“With Code 1, which is lights and sirens, we have to go from the point of call to the point of picking up the patient in less than 25 minutes,” he said.

“Activation time refers to when you make the call to 000 and they activate a pager on the hip of an ambo. Our average is 11.4 minutes

“Our reflex time, which refers to how long we take to get to a job, is 7.5 minutes.”

Secretary of Ambulance Employees Australia’s Victoria Branch Stephen McGhie said more ambulance resources were needed to further improve response times.

“Paramedics work flat chat to respond as soon as they can to jobs,” Mr McGhie said.

“Every few days, there are issues with offloading patients – the average wait is about an hour from when a patient arrives at the hospital to the time they are put on a hospital trolley.”

This article appeared in Saturday’s Sunraysia Daily 21/04/2012.

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