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May 22, 2007
Say ‘thanks’ to your paramedics Emergency Medical Services Week
  
Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services’ personnel are being honoured during National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which runs until May 26.

“We are very proud of our staff, who perform difficult work under the most challenging circumstances imaginable,” said Bruce Farr, Chief and General Manager of Toronto EMS. “Huge events like World Youth Day and the Rolling Stones Concert and major crises like SARS, the Blackout and offload delay have put tremendous pressure on us. The dedication and professionalism of our whole organization, from the front line paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers, to the support staff, Sunnybrook-Osler Base Hospital staff, and headquarters and management personnel have been amazing.

“Most people only encounter paramedics at serious times, when someone they know and love is very sick or injured. I hope all Toronto residents will take the time during EMS Week to say a friendly ‘thank you’ to your paramedics when you see them in their ambulances - taking care of people and saving lives on the streets of Toronto,” added Chief Farr.

Following a successful launch and open house at EMS Headquarters on Sunday, May 20, a number of public events and media opportunities involving Toronto EMS staff are planned for EMS Week, including:

- Toronto EMS Displays - in the East Rotunda at Toronto City Hall. Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- EMS public information display at malls across the city
Meet paramedics and Emergency Medical Dispatchers and find out about their jobs. Explore EMS as a career
Tuesday, May 22 at Scarborough Town Centre, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 24 at Gerrard Square, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, May 23 at Cloverdale Mall and Albion Centre, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Wednesday, May 23 - Emergency Medical Services Week Proclamation at Toronto City Council
Mayor David Miller will read the EMS Week Proclamation with EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr at Nathan Phillips Square, 12:25 p.m.
Following the proclamation Chief Bruce Farr and several paramedics will be available for media interviews

- Wednesday May 23 - Toronto EMS Vehicles on Nathan Phillips Square
Meet the paramedics assigned to a range of Toronto EMS vehicles, including a standard ambulance, emergency response unit, gator, mountain bike and vintage 1954 Packard ambulance. Find out about the Cardiac Safe City program, and EMS Community Medicine, From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Thursday May 24 - EMS Citizen, Media and Service Awards Ceremony
The 2006 Citizen awards will be presented to Toronto residents who rendered outstanding civilian assistance to Toronto EMS. The awards ceremony will also pay tribute to EMS staff for their valour, accomplishments and community service last year. Members of the media will be recognized for outstanding coverage of EMS issues. The ceremony will take place at Denison Armoury, 1 Yukon Lane (former Canadian Forces Base Downsview) at 7 p.m. Note: This event is open to the media only.

For further information, call 416-392-2233 or e-mail ems@toronto.ca.

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 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Peter Macintyre, Manager, Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2069


 

 

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