State on alert
Paramedics ready for action as temperatures sizzle
PARAMEDICS fear a rash of heatrelated call-outs today following a sweltering night that offered no respite from yesterday’s heat.
Victorians have been urged to check on elderly and sick residents most in danger during prolonged hot spells, with temperatures not expected to dip below 28 degrees in Melbourne today.
Fire danger is also expected to increase today, particularly in central and northeastern Victoria.
Ambulance Victoria paramedics were called to 16 heat exposure cases before 5pm yesterday; however, the full impact of the extreme weather is not expected to hit until later today due to the cumulative impact of last night’s unrelenting conditions.
“The overnight temperature is what is concerning us,” state health commander Paul Holman said.
“We are already starting to see people affected by the heat, which is un- usual because it is early, but we have very high overnight temperatures leading into another hot day so we are concerned about the elderly and the vulnerable.
“Check on your neighbours, check on your friends and check on your family.”
A man pulled from the water at Lerderderg Gorge was in a critical condition last night after being taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Paramedics also treated a person injured by a jetski as well as a woman in her 20s who suffered neck injuries when she was dumped while swimming at Torquay. In two separate incidents, paramedics were called to help drunk women who entered in the very early hours of Saturday morning at St Kilda and Ocean Grove.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has launched a campaign calling on pet owners not to leave animals in cars during extreme heat, warning they could face prosecution.
Nash and Dylan (main photo) at Whittlesea’s Funfields Water Park; (from left, at top) Anya cools off at MSAC; Jorgi and Jessica at Port Melbourne; and Brighton Beach at 6.30pm last night. Pictures: YURI KOUZMIN, HAMISH BLAIR, TONY GOUGH, DAVID CROSLING