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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 (For more information regarding smoke, fire and planned burns in Victoria, visit Planned burning in Victoria or the VicEmergency hotline page) 
  • 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)