Two new ambulance stations for the Hunter

2 March 2021

Paramedics in NSW’s Hunter region are now better equipped to respond to emergency situations following the official opening of the new Birmingham Gardens and Rutherford Ambulance Stations.

Delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $132 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Stage 1 program, the new purpose built stations feature:

- Internal parking for up to seven emergency ambulance vehicles
- Administration and office areas
- Staff amenities
- Multi-purpose meeting & training room
- Logistics and storage areas
- Wash bays
- Staff parking.

In addition, the new station at Rutherford features an education facility and zone management office area.

Co-designed by local paramedics, the new facilities are crucial services for thousands of residents and the project is an important step in the delivery of high-quality mobile emergency care to the people of Birmingham Gardens, Rutherford and surrounding areas.

The RAIR program is the single largest regional infrastructure investment in NSW Ambulance’s 125 year history, with 24 locations across the state benefiting from an upgraded, rebuilt or entirely new ambulance station as part of Stage 1. The 2020-21 NSW State Budget announced $100 million towards a new RAIR Stage 2 program.

In 2020-21, the NSW Government is investing a total of more than $1 billion in services and capital works for NSW Ambulance.
This includes $27 million funding for 180 new NSW Ambulance staff across the state, the third tranche of the June 2018 commitment to recruit 750 additional paramedic and control centre staff over four years.