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May 17, 2004
Toronto Mayor David Miller proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
Toronto's emergency medical services personnel are being honoured during
National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which runs from May 16 to 22.

"Toronto is blessed with wonderful emergency medical services. It is an honour
for me to proclaim Emergency Medical Services Week in Toronto," said Mayor
David Miller. "The staff of Toronto EMS have always done wonderful work saving
lives, but their efforts over the last year dealing with SARS, the Molson
Canadian Rocks concert and the August Blackout were especially heroic. I urge
all Toronto residents to say 'thank you' to our paramedics when you see them in
their ambulances during EMS Week."

"We are very proud of staff and the way they have responded to the challenges
of the last year," said Bruce Farr, Chief of Toronto EMS. "Our whole
organization, from paramedics, dispatchers and support staff to Sunnybrook and
Women's College Base Hospital Program staff, headquarters personnel and
management, have risen to the occasion time and time again."

For the full text of the EMS Week 2004 Proclamation, please see the Toronto
Office of Protocol site:

This year marks a significant event in the evolution of the paramedic
profession in Toronto - the 20th anniversary of the graduation of Toronto's
first class of Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics. For more information on
the skills and training involved in becoming an ALS paramedic, see:

A number of public events and media opportunities involving Toronto EMS staff
are planned for EMS Week, including:

· Toronto EMS Vehicles on the Square
Monday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Phillips Square
Meet paramedics and see a variety of Toronto EMS vehicles including an
Emergency Response Unit, 1954 Packard ambulance and mountain bikes.

· Sunnybrook EMS Research Day
Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Emergency Services Headquarters - Atrium,
4330 Dufferin St.
Media and invited dignitaries will learn more about EMS research being
conducted by the Sunnybrook Base Hospital Program and Toronto EMS including:
new roles for paramedics at mass gatherings like World Youth Day 2002 or the
Molson Rocks concert; paramedic outreach programs in Community Health; and
paramedic experiences during the SARS outbreak.

· 20th Anniversary of First Graduate Class of Advanced Life Support Paramedics
in Toronto
Wednesday, May 19, 2 p.m.
Media are invited to interview graduates of the 1984 Advanced Life Support
(ALS) paramedic course and see a demonstration of ALS skills and equipment.

· Toronto EMS Displays in the East Rotunda at City Hall, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, May 17: Advanced Life Support Paramedics
Tuesday, May 18: Public Access Defibrillation - Cardiac Safe City Program
Wednesday, May 19: Community Medicine Program - proactive paramedic outreach
Thursday, May 20: Advanced Life Support Paramedics

For further information on these events or other interview opportunities,
please call 416-392-2255 or e-mail:

Media contacts:
Larry Roberts, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications,
Peter Macintyre, Manager, Community Safeguard Services, 416-392-2069



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