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June 9, 2010
Fifty-five new paramedics and eight new emergency medical dispatchers to start work saving lives June 11
The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will graduate 55 new paramedics and eight emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) from the rigorous internal City of Toronto EMS training and orientation program. The graduation ceremony will be held Thursday evening at Denison Armouries.

Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: Ceremony starts at 7 p.m. - Valedictorians and Joe Fox Award between 8 and 8:30 p.m.
Location: Denison Armouries, 1 Yukon Lane
(west on Sheppard Ave. W. at Allen Road, south on Yukon Lane, west/right into the armoury parking lot)

Photo Op: Media are invited to the graduation ceremonies to photograph the ceremonies and interview graduating paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers, including the valedictorians and the Joe Fox Award winner.

These newly hired paramedics and EMDs will begin their first day of work on Friday, June 11, beginning a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of residents in the City of Toronto.

The graduation event will include remarks from paramedic and EMD valedictorians chosen by their classmates, as well as the presentation of the Joe Fox Award to the paramedic recruit who made outstanding contributions to the graduating class in terms of clinical knowledge and a positive attitude.

The new employees successfully completed an intensive orientation process after finishing a two-year paramedic college program and/or an 18-week EMD training program certified by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch.

These highly skilled medical professionals will be welcomed to Toronto Emergency Medical Services by Major General Richard Rohmer - Honourary Toronto EMS Chief, Toronto EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr, and Dr. Brian Schwartz of Sunnybrook-Osler Centre for Pre-hospital Care.

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 contact: Kim McKinnon, Coordinator Public Information and Media, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255,



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