BENDIGO paramedic Geoff Smith has flown to Queensland as part of a 10-person Ambulance Victoria team that will provide medical care to those affected by the devastating floods.Queensland’s Ambulance Service requested that the 10 paramedics from Victoria aid normal operations and provide relief to local crews due to the number of emergency calls made in the aftermath of the floods.The team will be deployed for a week and will work with local paramedics in Toowoomba and Ipswich.Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella said Ambulance Victoria would help those in Queensland in anyway it could.“This is a disaster of epic proportions,” he said. “Our paramedics will team with Queensland paramedics to respond to emergency call-outs arising from the flood crisis and to help with the overall increase in ambulance workload after the floods.“We’ve assembled the team with paramedics from all across Victoria, so this is a really unified effort and symbolises the commitment of all Victorians.“Every region and part of Victoria is represented, including Geoff from Bendigo.”Mr Sassella said that paramedics within Victoria continued to be involved in dealing with the massive flood situation in regional Victoria.Victoria Police will send a number of members to Queensland to help with the recovery. At least one officer from Bendigo will join the effort.Deputy Commissioner Keiran Walshe said Victoria Police members were giving back after Queensland officers were stationed here for the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.“The images that we are seeing coming out of Queensland are incredible and it is impossible not to be affected by it,” Deputy Commissioner Walshe said. “The level of devastation is almost beyond belief and Victoria Police members are looking forward to getting up there and assisting their Queensland Police colleagues.”Eighteen people were last night confirmed dead while grave fears were held for 13 missing. The flood has been described as this nation’s worst natural disaster, with thousands more families left homeless.The clean-up bill is expected to top $5 billion.
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