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March 2, 2009
Toronto ambulances to improve health care in Soyapango
  
On March 1, Councillors Howard Moscoe (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence) and Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s) along with Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr presented two decommissioned Toronto ambulances to the City of Soyapango, El Salvador. The ambulances will be driven by Father Hernan Astudillo of San Lorenzo Anglican Church and a crew of volunteers through Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. This donation was made possible through a technical partnership between Toronto and Soyapango under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Soyapango is a new city of approximately 600,000 people that developed following the civil war in El Salvador. There are currently few formal emergency medical services in Soyapango. In 2008, an ambulance donated by the City of Toronto was extremely well received. It has been used as a mobile mini-medical clinic, with physicians and nursing staff able to reach out to assist members of the community who are vulnerable and/or accessibility-restricted. The two additional ambulances will further improve health care in Soyapango.

Under provincial regulations, emergency medical services in Ontario must retire their ambulances after 160,000 kilometres or 54 months. The donation of two ambulances in 2009 was approved by Toronto City Council.

“These ambulances are worth so much to the people of Soyapango,” says Councillor Joe Mihevc, who was instrumental in forming the partnership between the two cities. “Toronto’s decommissioned ambulances are enjoying a second life serving people’s medical needs in El Salvador.”

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 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.

Media contact:
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS media relations, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell), lmiller3@toronto.ca




 

 

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