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Ambulance Service in Metro Toronto was made up of a collection of different services for over 100 years.

Department of Public Health
In 1889 the City of Toronto formed its own Ambulance Service through the Department of Public Health (DPH). The prime focus of this service was to provide care and transport of infectious patients.

In August of 1933 the Department of Public Health took control of responding to emergency calls also after the Toronto Police closed their ambulance service. Along with a number of private ambulance services the Department of Public Health provided ambulance service to the citizens of Toronto until midnight December 31, 1966.

On January 1, 1967 the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Department of Emergency Services took over the various fire department run ambulances including the DPH service. DES also opened a centralized Metro Toronto Ambulance Dispatch Centre with the mandate to dispatch all ambulances both municipal and private in Metro Toronto.

The formation of The Department of Emergency Services under the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto effectively ended the City of Toronto’s involvement in operating an ambulance service after seventy-seven years.

The list below indicates the last DPH employees serving the public upon the takeover by the Metro regional government. Many of these dedicated employees were still working in the ambulance service upon the formation of the Department of Ambulance Services in 1975.

With the amalgamation of the cities in Metropolitan Toronto in 1998 the City of Toronto once again became an operator of an ambulance service through Toronto Ambulance, now Toronto Paramedic Services.

Department of Public Health Shoulder Badge

City of Toronto Department of Public Health Ambulance Service


Leich, Harry K.

Assistant Supervisor

Allan, William J. *

Ambulance Dispatchers
  • Abel, Fredrick *
  • Fotheringham, A. R.
  • Meval, Frank C.
  • Page, Jack G. *
Ambulance Driver/Attendants
  • Ascott, Russell *
  • Atkinson, George E. *
  • Baker, F. R.
  • Bath, David, J. *
  • Battaglia, Joseph *
  • Ciupka, A. M.
  • Clements, Dennis, G. *
  • Cooper, Jerry, M. *
  • Cormier, W. E.
  • Crewe, W. R.
  • Cross, N. E.
  • Dunlop, William F. *
  • Edwards, Robert G. *
  • Fawcett, Arthur J. *
  • Fell, F. B. *
  • Fuller, Herbert, F. *
  • George, Harold, H. *
  • Goodyear, William C. *
  • Gourlie, F. C.
  • Hallowell, M. D.
  • Hayes, R. W.
  • Horsley, J. Richard *
  • Hughes, Fredrick J. *
  • Jorken, J.
  • Kennedy, R. M.
  • Kiaupa, Al *
  • Lee, Richard, W. *
  • Marsh, W.
  • Mcisaac, W. J.
  • Nachuk, Henry W. *
  • O’Halloran, Edward *
  • Parsonson, Anthony D. *
  • Plackette, A. P.
  • Porter, Bruce *
  • Reeves, Edward, R. *
  • Roberts, John R. *
  • Scott, H.
  • Stewart, Charles *
  • Strous, J. H.
  • Townsend, Robert, “Sam” *
  • Wormington, R. S.
  • Wright, William *

Names with * indicate staff that also worked for Metropolitan Toronto Department of Ambulance Services in 1975.