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March 26, 2009
Two hundred and fifty children to learn life-saving first aid skills at Toronto EMS
Some 250 co-ed Cubs ages 7 to 10 will come together to earn their first aid badges at City of Toronto Emergency Services (EMS) headquarters on Saturday, March 28.

Volunteers ages 14 to 25 from the 1st Scarborough Medical Venturers and Rovers (MedVents) will lead the participants through seven topics. The children will be introduced to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and will be trained in how to call 9-1-1, as well as how to treat wounds, burns, heat exposure and hypothermia.

Date: Saturday, March 28
Times: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Toronto EMS headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (access via Lodestar Road off Steeprock Drive)

The participants will have a chance to tour a Toronto EMS ambulance. Toronto EMS will have information available for participants and their families about window and balcony safety, and about public access defibrillation.

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

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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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