Regional ambulance volunteers are carrying the load from a state-wide paramedic shortage as the Ambulance Employees Association launches legal action against the State Government.
The ambulance union has announced it had launched legal action in an attempt to get nearly 400 extra staff.
They say they are chronically understaffed with just 300 country paramedics and the burden falling onto volunteers in regional areas through the Mid and Far North.
The union and the Government have been involved in a mediation process at the Employment Tribunal for the past 12 months over a state-wide staffing level.
The union is planning to take the case to court.