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Toronto EMS promotes Window Balcony Safety for Children and CPR/AED training awareness. A Special thanks to “Lowe’s” for their community safety outreach and celebrating EMS Week in partnership with the Everyday Heroes at Toronto EMS.

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On May 17, Fit TO Serve wowed the crowd by exhibiting awesome physical, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Check out the video, and peruse the photo gallery below:

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Brayden Hamilton-Smith speaks with us about working as a paramedic in Toronto.

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November 6th in Reno, Nevada, at the ITLS (International Trauma Life Support) Competition, a team of three Toronto EMS (emergency medical services) paramedics placed second in a prestigious trauma and life support competition. The competition held annually as part of the International Trauma Life support Annual Conference hosts teams from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Congratulations to these Toronto EMS paramedics, pictured in order, left to right, in this photo, Jason Hess, Kelly Sheppard, and Shamez Kassam

The team represented Toronto EMS and the ITLS Ontario Chapter. They were coached by Toronto EMS staff,  K-L Ashton, Lorne Burns, Lisa McVety, Dr. Martin Friedberg and Peter Macintyre.


Monday, May 17th:

EMS week kicked with 8 other GTA services at Yonge-Dundas Square, located at the heart of the City at Dundas and Yonge Streets.  The start of EMS week was officially proclaimed by the Mayor of Toronto and Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr at 12:00 p.m.
Tabletop displays showed the public how to become a paramedic, an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, or a Special Operations Paramedic. Support Shari’s Mission by registering to become a stem cell or marrow donor. Visitors were able to see ambulances, old and new, and learn about the importance of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and First Aid training, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Congratulations to Allister Keene, Martin Johnston, Geoff McBride and Mike Hale for their hard work in representing Toronto EMS paramedics at the annual “Anchors Aweigh” challenge at the Toronto International Boat Show. Continue reading »

The Toronto Paramedic Association together with Toronto Emergency Medical Services staff collected and delivered over 18,000 pounds of food to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Led by Tony Butera, Toronto EMS/TPA volunteers delivered the donations picked up at 13 ambulance stations across the city. Thanks to corporate donations and generous EMS staff, this delivery exceeds the 2008 total by over 1,000 pounds! This was enough food to fill 2 ambulances and a Toronto EMS patient bus.

A big thanks to all the volunteers and to those who made such generous donations.


Toronto EMS held our annual awards ceremony on May 21, 2009. Among the honourees were members of allied services, members of the general public who performed heroic deeds, members of the media, as well as the personnel of Toronto EMS.


Toronto EMS provides an ambulance and training for school children at Road and Rail Safety Day.

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Sunday May 17th, 2009

EMS Week Kick-Off Event at HtO Park (339 Queens Quay West):
Toronto EMS and other GTA Services celebrated the kick-off of EMS Week in Toronto’s coolest new park, HtO. We had lots of displays and a charity BBQ. We were on the water’s edge from 10am-4pm. Continue reading »

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