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June 29, 2012
City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services hosts successful community open house
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Paul Raftis and City Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) hosted a community open house for the official re-opening of Toronto Ambulance Station 54 last night.

Residents had an opportunity to tour the station, meet some of the 24 paramedics who work out of the station, and learn about the special skills of the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) paramedics who call Station 54 home. The CBRNE team is the first civilian-trained team in Canada and has been in existence since 2002. The team responds to about 200 calls a year in Toronto.

Councillor Pasternak said, "This ribbon-cutting event allowed us to thank everyone who contributed to the planning and construction of this remarkable facility. Their professionalism, vision and work are to be commended. I would also pay tribute to the dedicated EMS crews who are now working at this station.

"Across Toronto, day and night, there are thousands of stories of our emergency services workers saving lives and helping those in need. As a person who once needed an ambulance, I can only echo the relief and gratitude shared by thousands when the crews arrive. The residents of Ward 10 are extremely fortunate to have this state-of-the-art facility with professional and dedicated teams in their neighbourhood."

Chief Raftis said, "We are very proud of the work all of our paramedics provide to this community and to the City of Toronto. Toronto EMS staff are all highly-skilled medical professionals who care deeply about helping others. This community open house is a great opportunity to meet our neighbours and to talk about what we do."

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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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