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May 19, 2003
Mayor Mel Lastman proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week in Toronto
Emergency Medical Services – Toronto’s emergency medical services personnel
are being honoured during Emergency Medical Services Week, which runs from May
18 to 24.

“It is an honour for me to proclaim the week of May 18th Emergency Medical
Services Week in Toronto,” said Mayor Mel Lastman. “The staff of Toronto EMS
are among the biggest heroes in Toronto’s successful fight to stop the spread
of SARS. Toronto EMS staff deserve our gratitude for their commitment to the
health of our community.”

“We are very proud of the way our staff responded the SARS outbreak,” said
Bruce Farr, Acting Chief of Toronto EMS. “The courage, vigilance and
professionalism demonstrated by our front line paramedics in containing the
spread of SARS is truly impressive. Our whole organization, including
paramedics, dispatchers, support staff, Sunnybrook & Women’s College Base
Hospital Program staff, and headquarters personnel and management, have made
personal sacrifices to get the crisis under control. Toronto EMS staff have
risen to the occasion time and time again.”

A number of public events and media opportunities are planned for EMS Week,

 Save a Life Day.
Tuesday, May 20, Metro Hall rotunda, 8:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Meet Toronto EMS paramedics and dispatchers and get a CPR refresher course.

 Toronto EMS Vehicle Display.
Wednesday, May 21, Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See a range of EMS vehicles including ambulances and mountain bikes.

 Toronto EMS Yorkdale Mall Display.
Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23, Yorkdale Mall, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meet Toronto EMS paramedics, see the inside of an ambulance, and learn about
the EMS profession.

For further information on these events, story ideas, or a copy of the text of
the EMS Week Proclamation, please call 416-392-2255.

Media Contact:
Larry Roberts, Coordinator, Toronto EMS Media Relations & Communications,



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