Two new ambulance response vehicles will join the fleet at the Silkwood and Tully ambulance stations, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said today.

Mr Pitt said the new Mercedes 319 ambulance response vehicles are fully equipped for emergency work.

“The communities of Silkwood and Tully have been to hell and back this year. These two new ambulance vehicles couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new Silkwood ambulance vehicle will meet the needs of residents east to Kurrimine Beach, north to Cowley Beach and south to El Arish.”

“The Tully vehicle will be put to service in Tully Heads and Hull Heads, north to El Arish, east to support Mission Beach and south to back up Cardwell.”

“While the ambulance vehicles are worth a combined $360,000, the worth of the men and women in the Queensland Ambulance Service is priceless. Their job is not nine to five, it can be hazardous and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

“They are there when we need them most – in an emergency. I commend them for their hard work before, during and after Cyclone Yasi. Their courage and dedication to duty knows no bounds,” he said.

“The delivery of these new vehicles also reaffirms the Bligh Government’s commitment to supporting our hardworking men and women in the Queensland Ambulance Service and this is a good investment in local community safety.”

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