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January 20, 2003
Media Advisory: Tactical paramedic "active attacker" training exercise the largest ever held in Canada
Emergency Medical Services - The Tactical Paramedic Unit from Toronto Emergency
Medical Services is organizing the largest-ever combined training exercise in
Canada tomorrow. An "active attacker" scenario involving more than 200 people
will take place at Toronto EMS' training facility.

The scenario is part of an all-day continuing medical education course for
Toronto EMS tactical paramedics. Tactical paramedics are specially trained and
equipped paramedics who provide emergency medical care to law enforcement
tactical units and civilians in high-risk situations like terrorist or criminal
attacks. Live explosives and/or ammunition could be part of the training
scenario, as determined by the training staff.

Toronto's tactical paramedics will be joined in the real-time scenario by
Toronto Police Services Emergency Task Force officers and a mock emergency
department to evaluate residents from Sunnybrook and Women's College Health
Services Centre and other area hospitals. Sunnybrook is the base hospital for
Toronto EMS.

More than a hundred paramedic students from Centennial and Humber Colleges are
volunteering to act as patients, bystanders and transport crews.

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Christopher J. Rubes Centre for EMS Studies
895 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor (just east of Leslie)

The active shooter scenario is a real-time exercise in a closed facility.
Members of the media must arrive before 12:30 p.m. to set-up in one of the
designated observer areas. Once the scenario has started, the building will be
sealed until completion and no one will be allowed to enter or leave.

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