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December 16, 2002
Media Advisory: Toronto EMS paramedics loading up to save lives in Cambodia
Emergency Medical Services - A group of Toronto EMS paramedics will be
heading to Cambodia in February to expand the emergency medicine capacity
building project started there last spring by the David McAntony Gibson
Foundation (DMGF). Toronto EMS paramedics are volunteering their time tomorrow
to pack a shipping container that will be used to send more than $300,000 worth
of donated medical equipment to Cambodia. The shipment will be delivered on
February 7, 2003.

Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Toronto EMS 38 Station 259 Horner Ave. (at Kipling Avenue)

The equipment comes from a Toronto EMS boot and equipment drive, and from
generous donations of surplus and used equipment from emergency medical
services providers, suppliers and hospitals across Canada. The team of 10 will
equip five hospitals and 65 land ambulances and train 68 paramedics and 50

Last spring, Toronto EMS paramedic Rahul Singh organized an emergency medicine
capacity building project, on behalf of DMGF, in Siem Riep, Cambodia. The June
2002 project provided equipment to five provincial hospitals, a children's
hospital, two ambulance services and a landmine clearance agency, and trained
112 health care workers.

This program will further increase the availability of emergency medical care
to over 1.2 million Cambodians whose country's medical infrastructure has been
eroded during years of civil strife and war.

DMGF welcomes donations of new, surplus or used emergency medical equipment,
including boots and uniforms, for use in its programs. For more information on
the David McAntony Gibson Foundation, visit or contact
Rahul Singh at

Media Contact
Larry Roberts,
Toronto EMS Media Relations,

Rahul Singh,
David McAntony Gibson Foundation,



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