A team of paramedics were forced to abandon their patient and ambulance after they were physically and verbally threatened by a large group of people in Melbourne's west.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive officer Greg Sassella said the paramedics were threatened by a group of "up to 10 people" while attending to a patient in Ardeer on Saturday night.
Unable to lock their ambulance, the paramedics managed to activate their duress alarm before escaping through the back of the vehicle.
The paramedics then ran a safe distance and awaited back-up from another ambulance crew and police.
“This situation not only endangered the paramedics but also the patient, who they had to leave in the ambulance as they escaped the group,” Mr Sassella said. “It is totally unacceptable for any member of the community to take out their frustrations on paramedics who arrive to help those who need it.
“Ambulance Victoria will continue to push for charges to be laid against anyone who directs abuse, threats or violence against paramedics or obstructs them from assisting someone in need.
A Victoria Police spokesman said officers attended about 11.30pm but no arrests were recorded at the scene.