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June 10, 2009
Toronto EMS graduating 50 paramedics and 10 emergency medical dispatchers
City of Toronto EMS is pleased to invite members of the media to the 2009 Emergency Medical Services graduation ceremony Thursday night.

Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Montecassino Banquet Hall, 3710 Chesswood Dr., Toronto

“We continue to attract highly qualified people to the profession of paramedicine and emergency communications and this year’s graduates are no exception,” says Toronto EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr. “We have 21 new paramedics and communicators who are multilingual, and these languages include French, Farsi, Azari, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Korean, Ukrainian, Polish, Tamil, and Hungarian.”

Chief Farr also notes, “This year’s recruits have come to the profession highly educated; we have 26 graduates who are university educated. The new employees have undergone a rigorous selection process and intensive training, and the people of Toronto will be well served by these new health care professionals.”

The guests will include Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York and Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee); Chief Bruce Farr, Toronto EMS; Major-General Richard Rohmer, Honourary Chief Toronto of EMS; and Dr. Rick Verbeek, Sunnybrook-Osler Centre for Pre-hospital Care.

Toronto EMS graduates will be available for interviews.

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 contact:
Dave Ralph, Manager Toronto EMS, Community Safeguard Services,



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