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December 7, 2004
Extraordinary honour for Toronto EMS - first emergency medical service in Canada to receive Heraldic Grant, Badge and Queen's Colours
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to be the first emergency
medical service in Canada to be awarded Queen's Colours. At a ceremony today,
The Honourable James Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the
Colours to Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr on behalf of the Governor General of

Traditionally reserved for Commonwealth military units, the only other
non-military unit to receive this honour is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The honour of trooping the Colours has been bestowed to Toronto EMS in
recognition of services rendered to the community.

In her message to Toronto EMS, Her Excellency, The Honourable Adrienne
Clarkson, Governor General of Canada said, "This is a particularly momentous
occasion as it marks the first time an emergency medical service in Canada has
been granted heraldic emblems. It is fitting that the recipient of this grant
is the Toronto EMS, the largest such operation in Canada, and the heir to a
tradition of services that began in 1883. It honours the important lifesaving
work that your paramedics and staff perform."

Among the other dignitaries attending the ceremony were His Worship David
Miller, Mayor of Toronto; Major-General Richard Rohmer, Honourary Chief of
Toronto EMS; Shirley Hoy, Chief Administrative Officer; and David Kaufman,
Acting Commissioner, Works and Emergency Services.

"Each and every day many lives are touched and positively impacted on the
streets of Toronto by EMS staff working in concert with our allied agencies,"
said Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. "One common thread binds these people
together. Their actions exemplify a gift that they are willing to give freely.
This gift is one of compassion, selflessness, personal time, bravery and often
true heroism. It is a tremendous honour to accept these Colours today on
behalf of all the staff at Toronto EMS who give so much of themselves every

Media Contacts:
Larry Roberts, Coordinator, Media Relations, 416-392-2255 office;
416-708-8125 cell
Ric Rangel-Bron, Senior EMS Planner, 416-392-2125 office;
416-806-5119 cell



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