NSW paramedics have welcomed a $1 billion boost to the state's ambulance service after three years of campaigning for a "critical" staff increase.
The NSW government announced on Friday that 750 new paramedics and call centre employees will be added to the service over the next four years, with the first 200 due to be deployed within the next 12 months.
The "record paramedic workforce boost", revealed ahead of Tuesday's state budget, will also mean more paramedics for Sydney's west and southwest regions.
"We identified that the community needed more paramedics and that our valued paramedics needed more resources to properly do their job," Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) secretary Steve Pearce and assistant secretary Gary Wilson met with Mr Hazzard for pre-budget negotiations, asking for another 1000 paramedics over the next three years.
Mr Pearce said Friday's announcement is a "positive development" that will boost morale among paramedics and aid response times.
"Once these new paramedics are on the ground, it will make a huge difference to spreading the workload and helping paramedics to perform the vital work they do," he said in a statement.