Public safety in Mulgrave was boosted today when a new ambulance vehicle worth around $180,000 was handed over to staff at the Babinda Ambulance Station.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the new Mercedes Sprinter 318 V6 diesel van was a welcome boost for the community.

“I’m delighted to deliver this new ambulance today, reaffirming the Bligh Government’s commitment to supporting our hardworking men and women in the Queensland Ambulance Service,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new vehicle has state-of-the-art equipment to assist local paramedics respond to medical emergencies and meet growing demand in the area.

“This represents a significant investment in local community safety.

“The new vehicle will assist our dedicated and professional staff at Babinda Station to continue the Queensland Ambulance Service’s excellent work in our local community.”

Mr Pitt said the new Mercedes Sprinter 318 V6 diesel van had been specially imported as an emergency ambulance vehicle.

“They contain significant safety features not normally available in standard vans within Australia,” Mr Pitt said.

“These vehicles undergo extensive conversion to a state of the art ambulance vehicle, capable of responding in emergency conditions and being a platform to provide emergency pre-hospital care to the sick and injured.”

Mr Pitt said that since 2004, the Queensland Government had boosted the QAS budget by 70 per cent to a record $494 million this financial year to address increased demand for ambulance services.

“This is another example of the Bligh Government’s commitment to buying new and replacement ambulances across the state, as well as funding 50 additional frontline ambulance officers this financial year.”