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September 15, 2005
Media Advisory: "Medics Care Fund" -- Canadian EMS staff to launch Hurricane Katrina relief fund to support EMS personnel in the U.S.
Staff from Toronto EMS are joining their colleagues across Canada in an effort
to support EMS personnel throughout the Southern United States who have had
their lives uprooted by Hurricane Katrina.

EMS workers from the affected region, many of whom are without a home or
possessions of their own, have been working tirelessly through the devastating
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to respond to 9-1-1 calls and treat patients
even though they are not able to provide for their own families.

The Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada and the Paramedic Association
of Canada have joined forces to set up the "Medics Care Fund" to give EMS staff
across Canada -- and all Canadians -- the opportunity to support paramedics,
emergency medical dispatchers and support staff who are now homeless as a
result of Hurricane Katrina.

Representatives from Toronto EMS, the Ontario Paramedic Association and the
Canadian Union of Public Employees will be on hand to kick off the Toronto

Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.

The following EMS personnel will speak at the launch and be available to the
media for interviews about the "Medics Care Fund":

- Bruce Farr, Chief and General Manager, Toronto EMS
- Rob Burgess, President, Ontario Paramedic Association
- Lorelei Martin, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 416
- Deborah Dixon, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 79

Media contacts:
Larry Roberts, Co-ordinator, Media Relations and Communications, Toronto EMS,
Peter Macintyre, Manager, Community Safeguard Services, Toronto EMS,



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