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August 3, 2012
Toronto EMS says 'beat the heat' at Caribbean Carnival Parade
Toronto EMS paramedics will be working at the Caribbean Carnival Parade tomorrow, August 4. Paramedics will be available Saturday morning to speak with the media about heat-related illness treatment and prevention tips. The EMS staff will be located beside the field hospital near the parade route.

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - interviews may be set up in advance
Location: Beside the Toronto EMS Field Hospital - British Columbia Road south of Lake
Shore Boulevard in Marilyn Bell Park. (Look south from light standard identification pole 331. It's a short walk through the park to the tent.)

EMS encourages parade attendees to have fun and keep hydrated to beat the heat. Hot, humid weather is forecast for Saturday. Most years, Toronto EMS treats about a hundred people suffering from medical conditions related to sun and heat exposure at this event.

Parade attendees are encouraged to take drinking water, sunscreen, hats, walking shoes, food and any prescribed medication for a comfortable day at the parade.

Any parade attendees who require medical attention should call 911 for assistance. Light standards along the parade route are marked with an identification number to help people identify the location when reporting a problem to an emergency medical dispatcher.

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.

Media Contact
Kim McKinnon
Superintendent EMS Public Information and Media

Superintendent Ian Attard
Toronto EMS
Pager 416-715-8658 on Saturday



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