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September 24, 2007
Media Advisory Toronto EMS hosts provincial pre-hospital care conference
Each moment between a 9-1-1 call and the ambulance’s arrival at the hospital is crucial. When Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leaders from across the province meet in Toronto, they will focus on sharing strategies and perfecting best practices. The goal is to ensure all EMS staff in Ontario have the support, training, and policies in place so that each patient treated and transported by paramedics arrives at the hospital with the best possible chance of an improved outcome.

Dates: Tuesday, September 25 to Friday, September 28
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.
Location: South tower, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.

More than 300 delegates from rural, remote and urban land and air-based emergency medical services will attend the conference. The conference will also include a trade show featuring the latest in pre-hospital medical technologies and equipment, including a Canadian Forces armoured ambulance. The complete conference schedule is available at Conference highlights include:

Sept. 25 - Bruce Farr, Chief of Toronto EMS, and the President of EMS Chiefs of Canada, will co-host a golf tournament at the Humber Valley Golf Club to benefit the Mikey Network, an organization that donates public access defibrillators for use in public buildings such as schools and arenas. For more information about the Mikey Network, visit

Sept. 26-27 - The Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO), Toronto EMS and the Ontario Base Hospital Group will deliver presentations on various topics, including emergency department wait times for paramedics, driver education, quality assurance, Canadian Forces combat trauma patient management in the field, and the expanding role of paramedics in Ontario’s healthcare system. For more information about AMEMSO, visit

Sept. 27 - Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a silent auction for the Richard Boustead Foundation for Children’s Charities. Major General Richard Rohmer, Honorary Chief of Toronto EMS, will present the Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal to 120 paramedics. In addition, paramedics from Lambton, Halton, Haldimand and Brant will accept the N.H. McNally Award of Bravery for demonstrating exceptional courage in the line of duty. A complete list of award recipients is attached. For more information about the Richard Boustead Foundation, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell),
James Price, AMEMSO, 519-319-4664,



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