Station ready for action this month
Coolum’s new $2 million ambulance station on South Coolum Road will be operational by the end of the month.
The 409sq m building sits on a 6000sq m block, built up with 11,000 cubic metres of fill to take the floor above the Q100 (one-in-a-100-year) flood level.
Staffing capabilities at the new station include one officer in charge (Intensive Care Paramedic level), 10 advanced care paramedics and five students.
The patient transport officer for the Sunshine Coast region will also be based at Coolum.
The new station will house two Mercedes Sprinter 316 ambulance vehicles and a Ford Transit patient transport van, which will eventually be replaced with a Mercedes Sprinter 315 patient transport vehicle.
The state of the art station is a far cry from the old William Street station.
A department of Emergency Services spokesperson said the old building, which was opened in 1978, was past its useful life.
Problems and complications had arisen due to the age of the building, which had been constructed for two ambulance officers and one vehicle.
“There is better access to the Sunshine Motorway, providing more improved response times north to Peregian Springs and south to Mudjimba and Maroochydore,” the spokesperson said.
“The new location was chosen, allowing better access north, south, east and west into areas where population is expected to increase.”
The department bought the land from Solid Earth Pty Ltd for $660,000 in June 2006.