New ambulance service for Snake Valley, Skipton and Elmhurst

New ambulance services for the Pyrenees Shire are set to deliver stronger response times for rural communities.

The new services, which are part of a $500 million investment over five years to employ 450 more paramedics, will feature a paramedic community support coordinator and vehicle.

The service will be established to support the communities of Snake Valley, Skipton and Elmhurst.

The paramedic community support coordinator will be an experienced paramedic who can provide a local emergency response, while also training and supervising local volunteer teams who can respond to incidents.

The new service is expected to improve response times which currently sit at 20.42 minutes for the Pyrenees Shore area.

Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the new services was fantastic news for locals.

“Local families in the Pyrenees can look forward to the peace of mind that emergency care is close by when they need it most,” she said.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Colin Brooks, was in Snake Valley on Thursday to speak with locals about the announcement.