The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting paramedics and improving ambulance response times in Tasmania.

We are delivering on our strong plan to support this important service by employing more staff at the Ambulance Tasmania State Operations Centre.

Recruitment of six additional full-time staff members is well underway, with successful applicants expected to be offered jobs in the coming weeks, and training due to begin shortly after that.

These six new staff members will help meet the growing demand for services, and are in addition to the increase of five full-time staff members in 2017-18.

The State Operations Centre receives about 5000 triple-0 calls each month, with a further 15,000 other calls also received each month.

The centre is integral to all aspects of ambulance service delivery. It is responsibility for coordination of emergency pre-hospital care and transport, medical and health escort services.

This is all part of our $125 million ambulance package over six years, which will help us reach our bold target of reducing response times.

As part of this important plan, we are recruiting an extra 62 paramedics and Operations Centre staff members – an increase of more than 15 per cent.

Ambulance Tasmania has recently recruited 22 paramedic interns, who will be stationed around the state. They are due to begin within a matter of weeks.

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