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November 16, 2007
Media Advisory - City paramedics drive floats instead of ambulances for Santa Claus Parade
Toronto EMS staff are getting ready for a task almost as challenging as manoeuvring an ambulance through rush hour traffic. Paramedics and other staff, along with retirees, are volunteering their time and skills to drive all 24 floats in the Santa Claus Parade this Sunday.

Paramedics are trained to drive ambulances with lights and sirens in challenging conditions making them well-equipped to drive the floats. The volunteer drivers met with float designers earlier this week to ensure the floats provided sufficient visibility.

In addition to the EMS volunteers, 10 on-duty Toronto EMS paramedics will be at the parade, on bicycles and in ambulances, in case any participants or spectators become ill or injured. Volunteers from St. John Ambulance will also be on hand to support Toronto EMS. A full complement of Toronto EMS paramedics will continue to provide regular emergency medical coverage across the city during the parade.

This is the 15th year Toronto EMS staff have volunteered to drive all the floats in the Santa Claus Parade. Float drivers are available to give interviews before and after the parade.

Date: Sunday, November 18
Time: Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Route starts at Christie St. and Bloor St. W.

For more information about the parade, including route details, 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 Media Relations, 416-392-2255 or 416-708-8125 (cell),
Gayle Pollock, Toronto EMS District Manager, 416-993-3780 (Saturday and Sunday)



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