NSW Ambulance paramedics, their families and community members have gathered to celebrate the official opening of Casino's new ambulance station.
Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park said the new purpose-built station at the Casino Health Campus on Canterbury Street will ensure paramedics can continue providing high quality emergency care to the communities of the Northern Rivers.
Mr Park said the new station is a terrific investment for the community of Casino and replaces the old ambulance station, which was 90 years old.
"The new ambulance station means better facilities for the dedicated local paramedics who will be working out of it day and night, seven days a week," Mr Park said.
"The previous ambulance station in Casino served the community well for a very long time, but it is time to upgrade to a facility that has been tailored to meet the needs of the community.
"This station is equipped with modern innovations, including a solar energy and battery storage system which can provide an emergency power source for essential building services."
The new Casino Ambulance Station includes:
NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Paula Sinclair said paramedics were excited to be operating out of a new high-quality base.
"Providing our crews with the latest facilities and equipment means they can continue to provide the best emergency care to the local community, both now and into the future," she said.
Fifty-four new or upgraded ambulance stations are being delivered across NSW as part of the NSW Government's $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.