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November 4, 2011
Toronto EMS team victorious at international patient-care competition
The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services (Toronto EMS) has won the coveted 2011 International Trauma Life Support Patient Care Competition held recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Toronto EMS team consisting of paramedics Shamez Kassam, Lorne Burns, Martin Johnston and coordinator Ron Kowalik competed against six teams from Canada, the United States, Japan and Slovenia on October 28. Three scenarios tested patient-care skills. A team from Niagara EMS placed second and last year’s winning team from the United States placed third.

“This victory demonstrates the quality of care that our paramedics provide every day,” said Toronto EMS Chief Paul Raftis. “While every injury is tragic for the people involved, the citizens of Toronto can feel secure knowing that when these events happen, residents will receive world-class care that is second to none.”

Founded in the early 1980s, International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) is a not-for-profit, global organization with its headquarters in Illinois. ITLS is dedicated to preventing death and disability from trauma through education and emergency trauma care. ITLS is credited for establishing the International Trauma Standard and its programs are accepted internationally as the standard training course for pre-hospital trauma care.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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Peter Macintyre
Commander, Toronto EMS



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