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May 17, 2005
Toronto Mayor David Miller proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week
Toronto City Council honoured its emergency medical services staff as part of
National Emergency Medical Services EMS Week, which runs from May 15 to 21.

“It is an honour for me to proclaim Emergency Medical Services Week in
Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “I have experienced the compassion and
professionalism of Toronto EMS workers first hand, and many Torontonians owe
them their lives. I urge all residents to thank our paramedics during EMS

“Toronto EMS appreciates City Council’s ongoing support for the great work our
staff does on a daily basis,” said EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr.
“The paramedics on the road are the public face of EMS and they are a credit to
the Toronto Public Service. There is also a great team effort behind the scenes
that deserves recognition too.”

Emergency medical dispatchers answer 9-1-1 calls, update paramedics rushing to
the call, give first aid and CPR instructions to callers and help deliver
babies over the phone. Using Language Line Services, dispatchers and paramedics
can connect with an interpreter in 150 languages to help people from Toronto's
diverse multicultural communities.

“Our support staff and management personnel do everything from scheduling the
crews, to keeping equipment and vehicles clean, safe and stocked. Education and
administration staff plays a crucial role in maintaining the high quality of
our service. Our leading edge community medicine, ethno-cultural access and
public outreach programs help people avoid injuries or illnesses through their
proactive advice and immunizations,” added Chief Farr.

For the full text of the EMS Week 2005 Proclamation and to see a full calendar
of EMS Week events visit

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

Media contacts:

Larry Roberts
Information and Media Co-ordinator
Emergency Medical Services

Peter Macintyre
Community Safeguard Services



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