David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new look ambulance station in Kirkcaldy after a £375,000 investment to upgrade and expand the East Fife base.
The original station has been expanded to create an improved working environment for the 41 staff based there. As well as a new changing room and showers there is a new kitchen and dining area, along with enhanced training facilities and a wash bay for vehicle cleaning.
Crews at the station respond to 6,645 emergency calls every year and a further 9,723 requests from doctors for urgent hospital transfers. In addition, they transport over 26,642 patients to and from their hospital outpatient appointments. It operates with three emergency ambulances and seven Patient Transport Service vehicles.
The facility has been fitted out to comply with all of the latest infection control and hygiene standards with modern fittings and fixtures throughout.
David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said
“The investment to upgrade and expand the station at Kirkcaldy will significantly improve the working environment for the increasing numbers of staff who are based there. The new facilities are of the highest standard and more than meet all of the important infection control standards. The development is part of our national strategy to upgrade our stations to meet the needs of our staff and patients.”
The average ambulance response time to a life threatening call in Fife is 6.63 minutes and for all 999 calls in the region it is 7.96 minutes.