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January 25, 2010
Recommendations of Working Group to review the Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Staging Policy to be released
Today, Mayor David Miller will announce the recommendations of the Working Group that was set up to review the Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Staging Policy. Remarks will be made by City Manager Joseph Pennachetti and Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. These remarks will be followed by a short question-and-answer session.

On October 8, Mayor Miller asked the City Manager to set up a working group comprising members from a diverse group of stakeholders including City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the Ministry of Labour, the Sunnybrook-Osler Centre for Pre-Hospital Care, and the City of Toronto Administrative, Professional and Supervisory Association (COTAPSA). This working group has completed its work. The group’s primary goal was to ensure the development of an enhanced staging policy for Toronto EMS paramedics and communication center staff.

Date: Monday, January 25

Time: 10:30 a.m. - Media are invited to review the working group's recommendations
11 a.m. - Press conference, followed by Q&A

Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Mayor’s Protocol Lounge

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:
Kim McKinnon, Co-ordinator of Public Information and Media, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 416-392-2255,
Patricia Trott, Manager, Media and Issue Management, City of Toronto,, 416-392-8937



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