Brayden Hamilton-Smith speaks with us about working as a paramedic in Toronto.
And below, he takes us on a tour of the back of an ambulance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 10 2007, Leo Wagner was born in the bathroom of his family’s home. Luckily, a Toronto EMS Emergency Medical Dispatcher was on hand to give his father pre-delivery instructions over the phone. Shortly after H.P. Wagner placed the 911 call, four Toronto EMS paramedics arrived, and Leo soon emerged into their capable hands. H.P. recently told CTV health reporter Monica Matys that he’s grateful to EMS for helping him out. “It was really good support,” he said.
Each year, thousands of Torontonians experience sudden cardiac arrest, the most serious type of cardiac event in which the heart stops beating. To mark November as CPR Month, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO), The Province of Ontario, Toronto Emergency Medical Services and Transamerica Life are teaming up to equip communities to save more lives.
The Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City program is installing 80 new Public Access Defibrillators in local community centres and other public places. This has been made possible by a $3 million grant – the largest in North American history for defibrillators – from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, complemented by a $150,000 donation from Transamerica Life Canada to the Heart & Stroke “Restart a Heart, Restart a Life” Campaign. The partnership goes further with Toronto EMS offering free courses in CPR and Public Access Defibrillation in 13 priority neighbourhoods throughout Toronto.