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May 18, 2012
Meet a paramedic during Emergency Medical Services Week, May 21 to 25
  
Emergency Medical Services Week is celebrated in Toronto and across Canada. This year's theme is "EMS: More than a job . . . a calling!"

The following five events are opportunities for Torontonians to meet the men and women who serve the city as paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers - and to find out more about what they do.

Media are invited to attend these events. Interviews and photo opportunities will be arranged.

Event: Community Wellness Clinic
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Members of the public are invited to meet paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers, have their blood pressure checked, try cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and try using an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Tours of an operational ambulance and a vintage ambulance will be offered.

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Event: Teach Kids CPR Day
Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 10:30 - 11:55 a.m. Opening remarks at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School, 15 Paschal Ct., North York

Seventy-five Grade 7 students will receive hands-on CPR training with mannequins after watching an instructional video on how to recognize the need for CPR and how to use 9-1-1 for emergency calls. After the lesson, students will tour an ambulance and meet the EMS mascot, PG Bear.

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Event: Community Blood Donor Clinic
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Opening remarks at 10 a.m. by EMS Chief Paul Raftis and Chief Mike Nolan, Renfrew County and President, EMS Chiefs of Canada
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St., parking off Lodestar Drive

Toronto EMS invites the local community and other Greater Toronto Area EMS services to donate blood. Call 1-888-2Donate to make an appointment.

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Event: Toronto EMS Annual Award Ceremony
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St., parking off Lodestar Drive

Residents, allied services (police and fire), paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers will be recognized for outstanding contributions to the community.

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Event: Community Wellness Clinic
Date: Friday, May 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Toronto Eaton Centre, Foyer, 220 Yonge St.

Members of the public will be able to meet paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers, have their blood pressure checked, try cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and try using an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Tours of an operational ambulance and a vintage ambulance will be available.

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
EMS Superintendent, Public Information and Media
416-392-2255
kmckinn2@toronto.ca

 

 

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