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October 28, 2009
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrates 25th anniversary of the Toronto advanced life support paramedic program at a gala dinner
To mark the 25th anniversary of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advanced Life Support Paramedic Program a gala dinner will be held on October 29. Early advocates of this program, including Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr, Dr. Anna Jarvis and Dr. Brian Schwartz will speak about the history and future of the program.

When: Thursday, October 29
Time: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The media is invited to listen to remarks from Dr. Anna Jarvis, Dr. Brian Schwartz and Chief Bruce Farr. These speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Crown Plaza Toronto Don Valley, 1250 Eglinton Ave E.

Several pioneers in the industry will speak at the event. Dr. Anna Jarvis, an early advocate for the City of Toronto paramedicine program, and currently the Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Services, and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, will speak of her memories of the early days of the program and share her thoughts for the program’s continuing positive development.

Dr. Brian Schwartz, also an early paramedicine program pioneer and advocate, is currently the Base Hospital Medical Director for land and flight paramedics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Schwartz will reflect on the early days of the program and its future from his perspective.

Chief Bruce Farr will conclude with remarks about the program’s current strengths and his vision for the future growth and development of Toronto EMS.

This event celebrates a special milestone in the evolution of paramedecine in the city. It acknowledges the significant progress that out-of-hospital medicine has made over the last quarter century and reunites many of the pioneers who made this evolution possible.

Toronto EMS care has evolved significantly over the past 25 years bringing life saving treatment to the patient at the scene before being taken to hospital.

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 livability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kim McKinnon, Coordinator Public Information and Media, 416-392-2255,



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