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May 14, 2009
National EMS Week May 17 to 23
  
Toronto Emergency Medical Services will celebrate National EMS Week from May 17 to 23. EMS will hold events throughout the week to celebrate its services to the community.

On Sunday, May 17, join Toronto EMS and EMS representatives from other parts of the Greater Toronto Area as they celebrate the kickoff of EMS Week in Toronto’s coolest new park, HTO, at 339 Queens Quay W. There will be displays and a charity barbecue. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, paramedics will be visiting various seniors centres and community health centres, distributing information about window and balcony safety, heat health and more. At City Hall, Safe City representatives will be giving lunch-and-learn demonstrations in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and public access defibrillation (PAD), and will be encouraging people to get certified in those emergency procedures.

Thursday, May 21, Toronto EMS will honour residents, the media and EMS staff at the annual awards night. Hosted by Citytv’s Francis D’Souza, the awards will take place at the Montecassino Banquet Hall located at 3710 Chesswood Dr. in the Downsview area. The ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 22, Toronto EMS will be front and centre at the Ontario Science Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to check out patient simulator “MediMan,” learn CPR, meet paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers, try the dispatch simulator and learn about 911 in any language. EMS mascot “PG Bear” will be in the science centre’s “KidSpark” area teaching children how to use 911.

Come out and support your paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers.

Updates on National EMS Week are available at http://www.toronto.ca/ems.

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, EMS Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2197, dralph@toronto.ca




 

 

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