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March 25, 2010
Toronto Emergency Medical Services and Scouts Canada to train Cubs
Approximately 50 co-ed Cubs from Scouts Canada, age 7 to 10, will get together to be trained and earn their first-aid badges at the City of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters this Saturday. Media are invited to interview Cubs and see a demonstration of CPR training.

Date: Saturday, March 27
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (access via Lodestar Road, off Steeprock Drive)

The 1st Scarborough Toronto EMS Medical Venturer and Rover Scouts (MedVents), all volunteers age 14 to 25, will lead the Cub participants through six emergency medical training topics that include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using the emergency 9-1-1 phone service, and treatment of wounds, burns, heat exposure and hypothermia. The training will enable the Cubs to earn their Scouts Canada first-aid badge.

All participants will have a chance to see the interior of a Toronto EMS ambulance. EMS will have information available for youth and their families about public access defibrillation and window/balcony safety, in addition to other topics covered in the training.

The 1st Scarborough and 1st Downsview MedVents are a co-ed Scouts Canada youth group sponsored by Toronto EMS. The goal of this program is to introduce young people to the field of emergency medical services. Toronto EMS paramedics volunteer their time to support the MedVents by providing emergency first-response training. The MedVents share their training with their younger colleagues and help them earn their first-aid badges.

To find out more about Toronto Emergency Medical Venturers program, visit the website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Dave Ralph, Toronto EMS Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2197, 416-523-4512 (cell),
Jerry Crawford, Toronto EMS MedVents Coordinator, 416-392-2075, 416-527-1255 (cell),



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