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June 20, 2013
Forty new paramedics join Toronto Emergency Medical Services
Today, Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated the graduation of 40 new paramedics and welcomed them to employment with the City of Toronto.

The graduates completed a rigorous 13-week orientation and will start caring for patients as early as Friday, June 21. The official graduation ceremony took place at Toronto EMS Headquarters and was attended by the successful paramedics as well as their families and friends. The ceremony marks the start of their careers providing professional and compassionate care to the residents of Toronto.

The graduates were welcomed to the service and received their promotional certificates from Toronto EMS Chief Paul Raftis and from Honorary Toronto EMS Chief Major-General Richard Rohmer.

"Toronto's paramedics play a vital health care role in our city. We depend on them to help our loved ones as they respond to over 800 medical emergencies each and every day," said Major-General Rohmer as he addressed the graduates. "The need for your service is growing and I am proud to be part of welcoming you to this leading and progressive organization."

"I am very proud of our service and the paramedics, dispatchers and support employees who contribute to the care of our patients in Toronto," said Chief Raftis."I welcome these new paramedics to our world-class organization where by using the latest science-based skills and technology, they will contribute to saving many lives in our community."

This new class of paramedics is part of a group of 51 new staff approved by City Council as part of the 2013 budget process. An additional 11 paramedics will graduate on July 9. The graduating paramedics are representative of Toronto's culturally diverse community. Fourteen of the graduates are fluent in foreign languages and one of them speaks four languages.

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
Toronto EMS



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