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April 23, 2012
Toronto firefighters honoured with Cardiac Save Awards
The Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine will present Cardiac Save Awards to 650 Toronto firefighters who played roles in the resuscitation of almost 200 cardiac patients who survived to hospital discharge.

Date: Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Academy (auditorium), 895 Eastern Ave., Toronto

Between August 2009 and December 2011, Toronto firefighters contributed to the successful resuscitation of 197 patients who were initially vital signs absent (VSA).

Many people who experience cardiac arrest suffer complications such as brain damage and never make it home alive even if they were initially resuscitated. The firefighters involved have made a significant contribution to Toronto’s pre-hospital care system by providing critical life-saving intervention.

The only hope of surviving a cardiac arrest is with quick cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation intervention, and thanks to Toronto firefighters, survival has improved. Toronto Fire Services, in collaboration with the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine and the RESCu research team at St. Michael’s Hospital, continues to participate in medical research.

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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Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services Media Line



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