Australia: Ambulance Victoria Paramedics have treated 27 people injured in an incident in Melbourne this morning. A man is reported to have walked into the Springvale CBA Branch and set fire to the bank.
25 ambulance vehicles were sent to the scene including a health commander and ambulance managers, an emergency support vehicle, and ambulance buses.
Ambulance crews were called to a business in Springvale Road at 11.30 am. Six people with serious burns were taken to The Alfred hospital.
21 other people ranging in age from a toddler to people in their 80s were treated for breathing problems and taken to hospital including:
Eight women and two men taken to Monash Medical Centre in a stable condition;
Ten women and one man taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition
State Health Commander Paul Holman said Ambulance Victoria’s Emergency Response Plan was activated to the highest level given the large number of people injured.
‘We also activated our Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre to co-ordinate our response to the incident, taking pressure off our dispatch of ambulances to other emergencies.
‘Ambulance Victoria liaised with the Alfred, Monash and Dandenong Hospitals to confirm how many patients each could accept.
‘Paramedics have also spoken to nearby shopkeepers and a school to check on the welfare of those who might have witnessed the incident which would’ve been quite distressing,’ Mr Holman said