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March 23, 2011
Toronto EMS and Scouts Canada teens teaching first aid to Cubs
About 150 co-ed Cub Scouts ages 7 to 10 will earn their first-aid badges at the City of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters this Saturday.

Media are invited to attend the event kickoff and interview Cubs and the Toronto EMS Medical Venturer and Rover Scouts "MedVent" trainers. The MedVents program introduces young people to the field of emergency medical services.

Media will be able to take photographs/video of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstration and view Cubs practising first aid.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Demonstration of CPR: 11:30 a.m.; official remarks: noon
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (access via Lodestar Road, off Steeprock Drive, parking in the church parking lot north of EMS headquarters)

This event also launches Good Turn Week for Scouts Canada. Doing a good turn means doing something nice for someone else, and the MedVent teens will be doing that by sharing their knowledge of first aid.

The 1st Scarborough MedVents - volunteers from 14 to 26 years of age - will teach the Cubs how to administer CPR, how to use the emergency 911 phone service, and how to treat wounds, burns, heat exposure and hypothermia. After the training, the Cubs will have the knowledge to earn their Scouts Canada first-aid badge.

Toronto EMS is proud to sponsor the 1st Scarborough and 1st Downsview MedVents.

More information about the Toronto Emergency Medical Venturers program is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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.

Media contacts:
Dave Ralph, Toronto EMS Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2197, 416-523-4512 (cell),
Jerry Crawford, Toronto EMS MedVents Coordinator, 416-392-2075, 416-527-1255 (cell),



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