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July 19, 2013
City of Toronto welcomes new Emergency Medical Dispatchers and Paramedics
Today, Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Paul Raftis and Honorary Chief Major-General Richard Rohmer welcomed 25 new paramedics and eight new emergency medical dispatchers to the service.

"We are so proud of our graduates today," said Chief Raftis. "Many of them have diverse cultural backgrounds and are fluent in languages other than English, including French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Italian. They also come with varied education and work experience - some have worked or trained in social services, kinesiology, law and even search-and-rescue."

The ceremony was attended by the graduates and their families and recognized the completion of rigorous orientation programs. The graduates were also presented with their uniform insignia and graduation certificates.

"These graduates are entering a proud service with a long and honourable heritage of providing outstanding emergency medical care to the citizens of Toronto," said Major-General Rohmer. "We are proud to welcome them as they begin their careers with us. We wish them all the best of success in serving the needs of this community."

This is EMS' third graduating class in 2013 and will fulfill a commitment to hire 65 new paramedics this year. Fifty-one of the new paramedics were an increase to the 2012 staffing levels as approved by Toronto City Council in January.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Kim McKinnon, Superintendent Public Information and Media
Emergency Medical Services



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