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November 17, 2006
Media Advisory: Toronto EMS paramedics and MedVents teach lifesaving skills to Cub Scouts
  
Tomorrow is the 3rd annual Cub First Aid Day at Emergency Services Headquarters. Sixty Cub Scouts, aged 6-10, from across the GTA will receive introductory courses in first aid and safety awareness from MedVent volunteers, aged 14-18, under the supervision of Toronto EMS Paramedic Jaclyn Day.

After being a part of the MedVent program and completing the Paramedic Degree Program at the University of Toronto - Scarborough Campus, Jaclyn Day joined Toronto EMS as a Level 1 Paramedic earlier this year. She still volunteers her time to give something back by mentoring the next wave of MedVents and paramedics - today’s Cub Scouts.

This is an opportunity for members of the media to see young children learning about first aid and touring an ambulance, and to interview paramedics, MedVents and Scouts Canada leaders about their experiences with the community outreach program.

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Place: Emergency Services Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (access via Lodestar Rd., off Steeprock Dr.)

Toronto EMS sponsors two Scouts Canada Medical Rover and Venturer groups (ages 14-25), known as MedVents. This valuable community partnership with Scouts Canada reaches out to young people in the city and teaches them first response skills.

MedVents provide first aid support to scouting events and volunteer alongside Toronto EMS paramedics at large scale events, such as the CNE and Winterfest. The mentoring program gives Toronto paramedics the opportunity to volunteer their time to reach out to the communities they serve. By instilling interest in emergency medicine at a young age, MedVent participants are encouraged to pursue careers as paramedics.

Young people aged 14-25 who are interested in joining a Scouts Canada MedVent group can call 416-392-9037, or visit http://www.toronto.ca/ems/special_programs/medvent.htm for further information.

Media contact:
Larry Roberts, Co-ordinator, Toronto EMS Media Relations and Communications, 416-392-2255 (office), 416-708-8125 (cell)


 

 

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