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May 15, 2008
Meet Toronto’s paramedics and Emergency Medical Dispatchers
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will celebrate EMS Week from May 18 to 23. This year’s theme is Your Life is Our Mission. Toronto EMS paramedics and Emergency Medical Dispatchers will meet with residents throughout Toronto to share information about the life-saving work they do, to demonstrate ambulances and other tools of the trade, and to educate residents about how to handle medical emergencies when they occur.

The following is a list of events taking place during EMS Week that are open to the media:

Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. - Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.
Toronto EMS will host a citizenship swearing-in ceremony. This event is a first for EMS and is part of a community outreach effort to inform people of all religious, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds about availability and access to the City’s emergency services. Forty-five candidates for citizenship from 21 countries will be welcomed into the Canadian family. They will be joined by 20 Toronto EMS paramedics and other staff members, who will affirm their Canadian citizenship.

Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Yonge-Dundas Square
Toronto EMS and other Ontario emergency medical services will have ambulances and equipment on display. Paramedics will act out scenarios, and staff will be available to provide information to residents. The event will include various hands-on activities. Residents can try using a public access defibrillator, doing chest compressions on a mannequin or making a mock 9-1-1 call. This event is open to the public.

Wednesday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. - Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.
Toronto EMS will host a media day. Members of the media can witness a scenario and try out a number of paramedic skills, including chest compressions, intubation, and starting an IV. Media will also have an opportunity to drive an ambulance or other EMS vehicle on a training skid pad.

Thursday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Fairfield Seniors Centre, Stephen Leacock Community Centre and Port Union Community Centre
Toronto EMS will visit three City community centres with programs for senior citizens. Seniors account for a large number of EMS calls; this is an opportunity for paramedics to meet them in a non-emergency situation. Paramedics will visit: Fairfield Seniors Centre, 80 Lothian Ave.; Stephen Leacock Community Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd.; and Port Union Community Centre, 5450 Lawrence Ave. E. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. - Denison Armoury, 1 Yukon Lane
Toronto EMS will host its annual awards ceremony at Denison Armoury. More than 100 awards will be given out to citizens, EMS staff members, and members of allied services who have gone above and beyond expectations in assisting others during medical emergencies.

Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd.
Toronto EMS will have an interactive display at the Ontario Science Centre. Residents will have the opportunity to make a mock 9-1-1 call and try out chest compressions on a mannequin, along with other activities. This event is open to the public.

More information about Toronto EMS is available 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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255,



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