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November 14, 2006
Media Advisory: Paramedics and industry leaders expand national window and balcony injury prevention campaign for children
Every year, many Canadian children suffer fatal or critical injuries after falling from windows or balconies. Canada’s paramedics are joining forces with window and door manufacturers to expand their public awareness campaign aimed at preventing these unnecessary tragedies. The Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety for Children Program involves paramedics teaching children, parents, and caregivers across Canada about safe window and balcony practices.

This year, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems from York Region, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg will join the six existing EMS partners (Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver) to receive window and balcony safety demonstration units from the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA). Paramedics use these units as educational tools in their communities to demonstrate window and balcony safety.

The Hon. George Smitherman, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will officially open Win-door North America 2006, the annual trade show of the CWDMA, which runs November 14-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sue Corke, Toronto Deputy City Manager, and Bruce Farr, Chief/General Manager of Toronto EMS, will also be on hand for the opening ceremonies.

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., North Building

Paramedics from Toronto and York Region, and EMS Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs from across Canada will be available for interviews.

For more information about Win-door North America 2006, visit

The EMS Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) are also holding their annual business meetings in Toronto this week. Visit for more information. Toronto EMS Chief/General Manger, Bruce Farr, is also the President of the EMSCC.

Media contacts:
Dean Shaddock, Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program, (pager) 416-370-9866
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255



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