The New South Wales ambulance service has raised concerns about an increase in aggression towards their officers ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations.

Acting Commissioner Mike Willis says the service will be deploying its paramedics early to likely hot-spots throughout Sydney and elsewhere around the state.

He says that will allow crews to respond more quickly if needed.

Mr Willis says it is paramedics themselves who are increasingly the targets of abusive behaviour.

He says in the weeks leading up to Christmas, six paramedics were assaulted.

"The message is clear: when the ambo turns up, the violence and aggression has to stop," he said.

Mr Willis says people often underestimate the extent to which alcohol and illicit drug-taking clouds their judgment and leads to risk-taking behaviour.

He says in the past few years, revellers have suffered the consequences.

"We've treated everything from minor leg injuries, from the crush of the crowd around people, to the more serious events where we've treated people who've fallen from the cliffs in and around the harbour, requiring rescue from our police colleagues and fire and rescue," he said.

"And this is when we've seen those really tragic events occur which can in fact lead to death."

More than two million people are expected to descend on Sydney for tomorrow's celebrations.

 

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