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September 2, 2009
Thursday is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Day at the CNE
The vital role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be in the spotlight when the Canadian National Exhibition presents the annual EMS Day this Thursday. For the fifth year, paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers from the City of Toronto as well as from Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Simcoe and York regions and the Rama First Nations will be on hand to showcase the skills, equipment and vehicles of the EMS profession.

Date: Thursday, September 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Community Park, Canadian National Exhibition, (on Manitoba Drive, west side of the Food Building and near the EMS station.)

Highlights will include the participation of the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) and the Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) teams, and paramedics will be showing off their equipment. EMS will commemorate milestone advances in the profession by displaying historical vehicles and original paramedic equipment on Thursday.

The media and members of the public are invited to come to the CNE and speak with EMS staff, who will be available to discuss the professions of paramedicine and emergency medical dispatching. Watch related demonstrations presented throughout the day.

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, Manager, Community Safeguard Services 416-392-2197,
Caroline Mellor, Senior EMS Planner, 416-392-3735,



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