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August 29, 2007
Media Advisory EMS Day at the Ex: paramedics save lives
On January 30, 2007, 59-year-old Toronto resident Jim Cowan collapsed on the street after suffering a life-threatening cardiac event. Toronto Emergency Medical Services received a 9-1-1 call from a bystander and within minutes, paramedics arrived and found Mr. Cowan unconscious and without vital signs. Using their medical training, experience and equipment, the paramedics successfully resuscitated him and took him to the hospital by ambulance. Tomorrow, Mr. Cowan will come to EMS Day at the Ex (Canadian National Exhibition) to thank the paramedics who saved his life.

Date: Thursday, August 30
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Jim Cowan will meet the paramedics who saved his life at 3 p.m.; parade at 6 p.m.)
Location: EMS Community Park, Canadian National Exhibition
(west side of the Food Building, near EMS 35 Station on Manitoba Dr.)

EMS Day at the Ex is an opportunity to meet some of the women and men who respond when 9-1-1 is called in a medical emergency, and learn about the important work they do. It is also a chance to learn about some of the specialized units at EMS. Paramedics, displays and emergency vehicles from the Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel, Simcoe and York EMS systems will be on hand with activities for the whole family. They will also join the daily Mardi Gras parade, along with the Toronto EMS Honour Guard and the Scouts Canada Medical Venturers.

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 contacts:
Lyla Miller, Media Relations, Toronto EMS 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell)
Dave Ralph, Manager, Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2197, 416-523-4512 (cell)



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