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May 13, 2010
Meet Toronto’s emergency medical dispatchers and paramedics during EMS Week, May 17 to 21
The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will celebrate EMS Week 2010 from May 17 to 21. The slogan for this year’s event is “Anytime, anywhere - we’ll be there.”

Planned activities open to the media are listed below, starting with the launch at noon on May 17. Toronto EMS paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers at the events will demonstrate and talk about the life-saving work they do. At some of the events, former patients will meet with their EMS rescuers.

Monday, May 17: Yonge-Dundas Square (downtown Toronto), noon to 1 p.m.
The start of EMS Week will be announced by Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr at 12 noon to begin the noon-hour presentation at the square. Several provincial EMS services will have displays. The table-top displays will show the public how to train to become a paramedic, an emergency medical dispatcher or a special service paramedic. Visitors will be able to see ambulances, old and new, learn about the importance of CPR training, and find out about the EMS Stem Cell Challenge.

Tuesday, May 18: Community Open House and Grand Opening of 29 Station, 4560 Sheppard Ave. E., 1 to 2 p.m.
As part of the official opening ceremony a family will reunite with the emergency medical dispatcher and paramedics who helped them deliver their baby at the side of the road. Visitors will be able to tour the ambulance station and see where Toronto Paramedics start and end their day. There will be a photo opportunity for the media during the official ribbon and cake cutting to celebrate the opening of this new station. MPP Bas Balkissoon and MP Derek Lee will be present as well as Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr.

Wednesday, May 19: CPR Awareness Day, Elmbank Junior Middle Academy, 10 Pittsboro Dr., (Etobicoke), 1 to 2 p.m.
Fifty Grade 8 students and school staff will receive hands on CPR training and learn more about the use of public access defibrillators. The training will be delivered by staff of Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City.

Thursday, May 20, Toronto EMS Awards Night, Denison Armouries, 1 Yukon Lane, Toronto, starting at 7 p.m.
A special evening will be held to honour citizen bravery and exceptional Toronto EMS and allied service staff accomplishments. The night includes awards to the paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher of the year. See the Toronto EMS Honour Guard and enjoy the heart-warming stories of heroism performed over the past year, by local citizens. Media interviews can be arranged with staff or residents.

Friday, May 21, Ontario Science Center, Great Hall, 770 Don Mills Rd., 11 a.m. to noon (official remarks)
Meet a family that received life-saving help from Toronto EMS for their week-old baby boy. Participants can learn about the science of emergency medical services and see what paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers do in their work. Resuscitate "Medi Man," try out AEDs (automatic external defibrillators), and shake hands with Toronto EMS mascot PG Bear.

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 Emergency Medical Services, 416-392-2255,



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