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When to ring triple zero

An emergency is a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation that requires immediate action.  This includes danger to life, health and/or property.

Some examples of an emergency include:

  • Air, rail or water accidents
  • Allergic reaction resulting in difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding (severe)
  • Breathing difficulty (eg. severe asthma)
  • Diabetic low (fainting / disorientated / acting strangely)
  • Drug overdose
  • Drowning
  • Electric shock / burns / industrial accidents
  • Explosion or bomb incidents
  • * Fire threatening life or property
  • Heart attack (suspected)
  • Road Accidents (causing serious injury or major traffic problems)
  • Stomach pain (severe)
  • Stroke (suspected)
  • Trapped person(s)
  • Trauma (injury)
  • Unconscious person
  • Violence (assault / brawl / domestic)

* Fire - do not ring triple zero unless you see flames. If you see smoke, check the Department of Environment and Primary Industries Planned Burns Map before calling triple zero. It may be from a planned burn-off.