Emergency Medical Services Chief/General Manager leaving the City of Toronto|
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Ron Kelusky, Chief/General Manager of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has
announced that he is ending his career with the City of Toronto on June 30,
2003. After 28 years in the public service, Kelusky has decided to pursue new
opportunities outside the City.
In 1998, Kelusky was selected to lead the ambulance services of the
newly-created City of Toronto. He had many achievements during his five years
at the helm of the largest municipal EMS in Canada, including:
· Guiding Toronto EMS from its traditional role as an ambulance service to its
modern role as a key and equal partner in both municipal public safety and the
health care system.
· Balancing the needs of a rapidly changing health and hospital system with the
need to protect the efficiency and quality of EMS service delivery to the
community through relationship building at the provincial, local and
· Pursuing innovative ways to improve EMS service to the community, such as the
expansion of the Emergency Response Unit program in 2003 to cover the entire
city with additional one-person paramedic units to ensure patients received
rapid intervention while a transporting ambulance was en route.
· Enhancing Toronto EMS's public image through its striking new blue-and-white
vehicle paint scheme, a new crest and badge, and through its formal renaming
from "Toronto Ambulance" to "Toronto Emergency Medical Services".
Bruce Farr will continue in his current role as acting Chief/General Manager.
The process to select a new Chief/General Manager will begin immediately.
Media contact: Ron Kelusky 905-294-3029 (res.)