City of Toronto appoints new head of Emergency Medical Services |
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The City of Toronto has announced the appointment of the new Chief/General
Manager of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Bruce Farr, the former director
of EMS Operations and a 31-year veteran of the City's service, will assume his
new position effective immediately.
Farr has been Acting Chief/General Manager of EMS since the beginning of April
when he replaced the former head of EMS, Ron Kelusky. Prior to that, Farr
served as Director, Operations for eight years and also held the position of
Manager, EMS Education. Farr first joined the City as a paramedic.
"I am thrilled to be selected for this position," said Farr. "I am extremely
proud of this service and have been gratified by the support that I have
received from our terrific staff especially during the SARS epidemic and recent
blackout. I look forward to continued work on achieving our goals."
"Bruce Farr has been an integral part of the team that has guided Toronto EMS
through significant changes to the forefront of emergency medical care in
Canada," said Barry Gutteridge, Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services.
"I am confident that Toronto EMS, and the community that it serves, is in
Toronto Emergency Medical Services, part of the Works and Emergency Services
department, is the largest municipal emergency medical service in Canada. It
provides 24-hour out-of-hospital emergency and non-emergency care and
transportation to the citizens of Toronto and the GTA. Toronto EMS operates
from 41 ambulance stations located throughout the city. It employs 920
paramedics, plus dispatch, management and support staff, and responds to more
than 400,000 calls each year.
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-708-8125