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May 13, 2011
Emergency Medical Services Week - May 16 to 20: Say thanks to our 'Everyday Heroes' at events across the city
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is celebrated across North America from May 16 to 20. This year's theme is “Everyday Heroes.”

The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers respond to more than 315,000 calls for emergency medical help each year. That is more than 850 calls every day. Many residents benefit from the compassionate care provided by these conscientious medical professionals, but many residents do not know a great deal about the profession of paramedicine, or emergency medical dispatch.

EMS Week is your opportunity to find out more about Toronto EMS's role in the community. The public and media are welcome to attend any of the events scheduled during EMS Week, as listed below, and to follow us on twitter @TorontoEMS throughout the week.

Event: Opening Ceremony and medical obstacle course competition
Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 11 a.m. - medical obstacle course competition
12 noon - official remarks and proclamation declaring EMS Week
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Photo Opportunity: At 11 a.m. Paramedic services (from Toronto, Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes, Niagara, Peel and Simcoe) will compete in a fun medical obstacle course challenge. The event will include a demonstration of three medical skills. After the race, teams will gather for the opening ceremony of EMS week, where the Chief of Toronto EMS and a representative from Toronto City Council will make remarks.


Event: Fit TO Serve Challenge
Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Track and Field Centre, York University, 4700 Keele St.

Photo Opportunity: Media will be able to photograph students completing an eight week City of Toronto recreation program designed to strengthen their physical fitness skills in order to prepare them for the fitness tests should they choose to apply for first responder jobs in emergency medical, or fire services. Students will compete in events to showcase their fitness levels for example, stretcher and fire hose carries.


Event: Toronto EMS Community Paramedics and Lowes Stores host window and balcony safety education day
Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Lowes Store 800 Warden Ave., Scarborough, Ontario,

Media Opportunity: Toronto EMS and Lowe’s spokespersons will be available to discuss this important injury prevention initiative upon request throughout the day and to photograph customers learning how to prevent tragic falls from heights. Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City will be on site demonstrating cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a automated external defibrillator (AED).


Event: Toronto EMS Internal Awards
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Internal Awards.
3 to 4 p.m. Tour of the accredited Toronto EMS Communication Centre and Toronto EMS ambulance and special service support bus.
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. Park in Church parking lot located off Lodestar Avenue. Enter through Lodestar entrance to Atrium.

Media Photo Opportunity: Paramedic, Emergency Medical Dispatcher and support staff "Persons of the Year " will be available to speak to the media. During the Communication Centre tour, Emergency Medical dispatchers will be available for interviews and there will be an opportunity to take photos within the centre provided patient confidentiality is respected.


Event: Toronto EMS External Awards
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. External Awards
9 to 10 p.m. Tour of the accredited Toronto EMS Communication Centre and ambulance and support vehicles
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. Park in Church parking lot located off Lodestar Avenue. Enter through Lodestar entrance to Atrium.

Media Photo Opportunity: Award winning citizens will tell you their stories of how they became everyday heroes during medical emergencies.


Event: Toronto EMS Community Paramedic and Safe City clinic
Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Lobby, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Media Photo Opportunity: Citizens and City of Toronto staff will be available for photographs as they learn to do CPR and use an AED and have the chance to check their blood pressure, sugar and body mass index (BMI) levels. Toronto EMS spokespersons will also be available for interviews about both programs.

Community Paramedicine:

Toronto EMS Safe City:

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.

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Media contact: Kim McKinnon, Public Information and Media, ,

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