Protect us: Mildura ambos say ‘enough is enough’

Ambulance Victoria Northern Mallee group manager Steve Fumberger, centre, with paramedics Jacob McEwan and Richard Evans. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Ambulance Victoria Northern Mallee group manager Steve Fumberger, centre, with paramedics Jacob McEwan and Richard Evans. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

LOCAL paramedics have had enough, yesterday scribbling messages on Mildura ambulances to make sure they are heard “loud and clear” that violence against emergency workers will not be tolerated and calling for tougher penalties for those who do. 

The paramedics joined their counterparts across the state after a County Court judge placed two women on community corrections orders instead of jail sentences after they attacked a paramedic in Melbourne in April 2016, breaking his foot.

Ambulance Victoria Northern Mallee group manager Steve Fumberger, who began working as a paramedic 37 years ago, said in Sunraysia the majority of paramedics had experienced some form of violence or attempted violence during the line of work.

He said there had been situations considered too dangerous for paramedics in Sunraysia to attend to, in which case Mildura police were called in for assistance.

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