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metro_ambulance_75Ambulance service in Toronto has roots that go back to 1847. This humble start consisted of private cabs and good Samaritans transporting infectious patients and those suffering from injury or illness. In the 1870s, the city contracted a local undertaker, Michael McCabe of Queen Street to carry out this role. During the 1880s, Toronto General Hospital started an ambulance service as did the Toronto Police and the Department of Health. Various private ambulance services started to appear in 1905 and remained a part of Toronto’s Emergency Service until 1975. The delivery of ambulance service fluctuated greatly over the years. At one point, you had the choice of calling over twenty-seven ambulance services plus the City of Toronto Department of Public Health Ambulance. After many years of studies, debate and public outrage of poor ambulance service the decision was made to amalgamate Toronto’s fragmented system into a unified service operated by the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto under the newly formed Department of Ambulance Services.

The following are the names of the pioneers that came together from eight ambulance services to form the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Department of Ambulance Services in 1975.


Department of Emergency Services Shoulder Badge

Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Department of Emergency Services

Director of Operations

Dean, John

Chief Supervisor

Klinck, Leonard L.

Supervisor Communications

Goodyear, William C.

Supervisor Ambulance Services

Allan, William J.

Assistant Supervisor Ambulance Services

  • Ascott, Russell
  • Fuller, Herbert F.
  • Herbert, Thomas E.
  • Holdaway, Francis I.
  • Parsonson, Anthony D.
  • Reeves, Edward R.
  • Townsend, Robert “Sam”

Assistant Supervisor Communications

O’Halloran, Michael J.

Clerk

  • Burge, P. J.
  • Guerrero, A.
  • Hernaez, M.
  • Heyse
  • Hofmann, Alma H.
  • Jardine, Elsie D.
  • Lawrence, L. L.
  • Orr, Sheila K.
  • Tuazon, Dali

Inspector Vehicle Maintenance

Foster, Kenneth M.

Senior Ambulance Dispatcher

  • Burge, P. J.
  • Clements, Dennis G.
  • Martin, S. George
  • Murphy, Thomas J.
  • Page, Jack G.
  • Spicer, B. “Sandy”

Training Supervisor

Abel, Fredrick Charles

Training Supervisor

  • Osborne, Gordon E.
  • Salt, Bernie

Dispatchers

  • Commandant, Marie L.
  • Edwards, M. S.
  • Erichsen, Gina M.
  • Fleming, John D.
  • Gore, Robert G.
  • Gouthro, Margaret A.
  • Hackney, Anne J.
  • Hetherington, Harry D.
  • Ivol, Stewart D.
  • Johnston, G. D.
  • Lazazzera, John
  • Mason, Sam A.
  • Pattison, I. M.
  • Smith, G. C.
  • Stewart, Charles
  • Van Coevorden, Brian
  • Vibert, Donald A.
  • Wade, D.T.
  • Walker, L. W.
  • West, Margaret A.

Paramedics

  • Adams, William. H.
  • Addison, Jack T.
  • Allan, Lewis
  • Allan, Robert L.
  • Alston, Thomas H.
  • Anderson, Douglas W.
  • Atkinson, George E.
  • Avery, Norman Y.
  • Baldwin, Fredrick J.
  • Bateman, William R.
  • Berry, William E.
  • Blogg, John E.
  • Bowman, Kenneth S.
  • Bradley, Ralph S.
  • Bradshaw, Stanley L.
  • Bridgeman, Brian W.
  • Brown, Edward
  • Brown, Patrick W.
  • Calder, Brian W.
  • Campbell, David
  • Caputo, Jerry G.
  • Carson, Robert G.
  • Cencel, Martin J.
  • Cermack, Bohumil “Bob”
  • Clark, James
  • Constantinou, Andreas
  • Correia, Joe
  • Cowan, John
  • Cowley, Rowley B.
  • Cramer, Gary W.
  • Currie, Blaise
  • Danaher, Michael J.
  • Danby, Harold W.
  • Darlington, Baroni “Barry”
  • Davidson, L.
  • Dias, Kenneth G.
  • Dicks, Vincent L.
  • Disbrowe, Guy T.
  • Docherty, Jerry A.
  • Dodsley, Terry
  • Doyle, Alan G.
  • Doyle, Grant R.
  • Drew, Edward R.
  • Dunlop, William F.
  • Dunsford, Leonard C.
  • Eames, Gerry E.
  • Farkas, I. James
  • Fawcett, J. Arthur
  • Fell, Fredrick B.
  • Filax, John A.
  • Fleming, Archie
  • Forbes, Rollie C.
  • Frustik, E.
  • Fulop, J. Bela “Bill”
  • Galbraith, Paul A.
  • Gallagher, Bruce W.
  • Garron, “Bud” Robert A.
  • Gedye, William R.
  • George, Harold H.
  • Gibson, D. Lloyd
  • Gilliland, George F.
  • Gray, R. E.
  • Grubisic, J.
  • Hale, Harry J.
  • Hannah, Ronald E.
  • Harvey, Charles E.
  • Hastings, James H.
  • Heffering, F. Paul
  • Hendry, Phillip
  • Higazi, Gaber
  • Hins, Jacques J.
  • Horsley, J. Richard
  • Howard, G. A.
  • Huckstep, Gerry H.
  • Hughes, Fredrick J.
  • Hunt, Donovan R.
  • Ingram, Charles E.
  • Jackson, Terry E.
  • Jacobsen, James H.
  • Jagersten, Sven G.
  • Jones, Allan P.
  • Keeping, L. William
  • Kehoe, “Bill” B. B.
  • Kelly, Edward P.
  • King, Ronald G.
  • Kirkey, P. Brian
  • Kiaupa, Al
  • Kozma, Syl
  • Krolicki, John T.
  • La Barre, Dallas D.
  • Lake, Lewis G.
  • Lawson, Donald D.
  • Leblanc, Gregory A.
  • Lee, Richard W.
  • Lent, Bruce H.
  • Logan, James R.
  • Lowery, A. William
  • MacNeill, Brian A.
  • Magee, Robert G.
  • McBride, Fredrick T.
  • McCaugherty, James
  • McDonald, Christopher D.
  • Milley, Earl T.
  • Mitchell, Paul L.
  • Mlller, R. F.
  • Moffatt, Barry W.
  • Murphy, Larry P.
  • Nachuk, Henry W.
  • Nagy, “Steve” Csaba L.
  • Neal, Frank W.
  • Nelson, John C.
  • Newcombe, Terry R.
  • Newell, William F.
  • Newton, Bruce R.
  • Nolan, “Bud” Clarence S.
  • Northcott, Kevin
  • O’Donnell, Gary
  • O’Halloran, Edward J.
  • Olivier, Georges
  • O’Malley, E. J.
  • Patterson, Lloyd D.
  • Paxton, N. Bradley
  • Pedder, Victor G.
  • Post, Robert B.
  • Praagh, David Van
  • Ramalho, Jose H.
  • Rautenberg, K. Heintz
  • Redmond, J. Lloyd
  • Reis, Joe P.
  • Richards, Robert H.
  • Robertson, J. Eric
  • Scholz, W. Dietrich
  • Schurian, Rolland A.
  • Sim, Robert T.
  • Skyvington, James R.
  • Smith, James
  • Spencley, Terry A.
  • Stapley, John F.
  • Steele, Gary J.
  • Stefanuik, Jerry
  • Stokes, M. J.
  • Stuttaford, George P.
  • Tarasco, David C.
  • Tavolacci, Andy
  • Teasdale, Russell H.
  • Thomas, Clare O.
  • Thomas, Loucas
  • Thompson, Fredrick C.
  • Thomson, Neil A.
  • Triolo, “Bill” V. G.
  • Triolo, V.
  • Tucker, Hubert F.
  • Tucker, T. A.
  • Tyukodi, Steve B.
  • Wakeford, Ronald P.
  • Walker, Gary A.
  • Walsh, Marcus S.
  • Warren, Brian M.
  • Webster, W. Gordon
  • Wharton, Thomas W.
  • Williams, Henry S.
  • Wlnn, Edward A.
  • Wood, Edward H.
  • Woods, Edward G.
  • Wright, George A.
  • Wright, William J.
  • Wylie, W. John
  • Xanthopoulos, A.
  • Zloty, Nicholos J.

Temporary Staff

  • Ardern, John
  • Bailey, A. A.
  • Baird, David
  • Boyle, H. A.
  • Childs, Gerry E.
  • Collins, Walter E.
  • Crosland, B. A.
  • Czovek, George G.
  • Delaney, Steven W.
  • Fairclough, William R.
  • Hayter, Alon W.
  • Hess, Paul H.
  • Hynes, Edward J.
  • Kehoe, J. P.
  • Kellett, Geoffrey
  • Kelly, Raymond A.
  • Kelpin, W. G.
  • Kubica, E. A.
  • Maccormick, G. B.
  • Maximilian, M. V.
  • Melnyk, Michael L.
  • Powell, Phillip T.
  • Richards, Michael
  • Ross, Steven F.
  • Rotolo, Peter
  • Rourke, G. T.
  • Smith, Anthony A.
  • Smith, L. W.
  • Tyukodi, Anton “Tye”
  • White, James R.
  • Wilkinson, William N.
  • Wynne, Gareth F.

Truck Driver (Stores)

  • Bath, David J.
  • Battaglia, Joseph

Stockkeeper

Tark, Vin V.

Cleaner

Justin, J.


Ministry of Health Provincial Ambulance Service “York Toronto”

Chief Supervisor

Beattie, R. E. “Pat”

Senior Supervisor

Stokes, George A.

Shift Supervisors

  • Black, Ronald G.
  • Christian, George
  • Edwards, Robert G.
  • Fallick, Brian J.
  • Hayward, Robert H.
  • Leach, Leo R.
  • Loveless, Murray M.
  • McComish, Thomas

Paramedics

  • Armstrong, William R.
  • Barr, J. A.
  • Barton, Eldon E.
  • Bedford, W. Thomas
  • Bishop, Eric
  • Bloor, Gary E.
  • Boyer, Garry W.
  • Broeckaert, Charles
  • Brown, William A.
  • Bulgin, G. Brian
  • Caldwell, Robert T.
  • Caplan, Leslie M.
  • Churchill, Ralph W.
  • Clark, Gerry E.
  • Collin, Robert
  • Cooke, Ronald G.
  • Crawford, Jerry E.
  • Crosby, Jack C.
  • Davlla, W. R.
  • Dimmock, John S.
  • Duggan, William A.
  • Fallon, George A.
  • Flockhart, A. Craig
  • Foster, John B.
  • Furnival, Donald R.
  • Griffith, Robert T.
  • Griffiths, Arthur F.
  • Ham, B. E.
  • Ham, Robert G.
  • Harbinson, R. H.
  • Huntington, Jack
  • Johnson, Cyril
  • Knights, Fredrick E.
  • Koper, Karl A.
  • Lorenz, William G.
  • MacDonald, G. E.
  • MacMaster, Ernie E.
  • Martin, Edward G.
  • McCollum, Michael J.
  • Mclean, Bruce C.
  • Menzics, John H.
  • Morrison, Ronald G.
  • Murphy, Frank M.
  • Nagurski, Edward D.
  • Olson, Larry V.
  • Pacaud, David W.
  • Pakkidis, Michael
  • Parks, Gary W.
  • Paton, William E.
  • Payne, Fredrick J.
  • Roberts, John R.
  • Robinson, David A.
  • Salter, Wilfred E.
  • Shepard, D. A.
  • Smalley, Alfred W.
  • Smith, Wayne G.
  • Sullivan, Patrick J.
  • Thompson, James A.
  • Walters, Robert G.
  • Webber, Gordon R.
  • Weegar, Fredrick P.

Hallowell Ambulance

Chief Supervisor

Smith, John A.

Shift Supervisors

  • Cooper, Jerry
  • Ferrill, Ken

Paramedics

  • Abbott, Thomas
  • Adams, Douglas
  • Bedford, Robert
  • Bowdring, Frank
  • Bowie, Alan
  • Brannan, Patrick
  • Connell, Richard
  • Donald, Wayne
  • Down, Joseph
  • Gauld, Vern
  • Gillis, Randy
  • Haggarty, Robert
  • Hawker, Donald
  • Lucas, Calvin
  • Lynden, Dean
  • Martin, Harry
  • Morgan, Gerald
  • Ohl, Robert
  • Patry, Peter
  • Platt, Timothy
  • Porter, Bruce
  • Roberts, Larry
  • Searle, Charles
  • Smith, Douglas
  • Smith, Paul
  • South, Bruce
  • Spence, Douglas

Locke-Metro Ambulance

Managers

  • Locke, Alan
  • Locke, William

Supervisor

  • Dolan, John

Paramedics

  • Antonenko, Ron M.
  • Brett, Richard J.
  • Brunton, W. Graham
  • Cates, David R.
  • Chudoba, Robert
  • Crosby, Gordon
  • Duxbury, Robert W.
  • Greig, William F.
  • Harcourt, Norman “Bud” H.
  • Hutchens, George C.
  • Kiewel, H. G.
  • Kneeshaw, Stan L.
  • Leach, Bradly S.
  • Maruszczak, M. H.
  • McGloin, Frank H.
  • McKenzie, Patrick A.
  • McKenzie,Larry
  • Neddow, Gerry M.
  • Petersen, Alf T.
  • Rae, David J.
  • Rieser, Walter E.
  • Spurway, L. William
  • Tamburano, M. J.
  • Ying, Ken

Kane Ambulance

Manager

  • Kitchen, Kenneth

Supervisor

  • Smyth, Paul G.

Paramedics

  • Calder, James W.
  • Cookman, Gary R.
  • Ferrier, Norman
  • Fisher, Kenneth J.
  • Kane, Gordon F.
  • Morton, John P.
  • Radek, Slavko
  • Spurrell. Ernie J.
  • Tripodi, Tony

Ogden Ambulance

Supervisor

  • Thorne, Gary

Paramedics

  • Baker, N. Jack
  • Brown, James A.
  • Coffey, John
  • Cole, Dave
  • Cole, Walter
  • Farr, Bruce K.
  • Gleed, Stanley R.
  • Gregor, Lew
  • Leuty, John
  • Macleod, Scott A.
  • Oswin, Gordon
  • Sheahan, James
  • Watson, George

Watson Ambulance

Paramedics

  • Alexander, T.J.
  • Collin, R. J.
  • Keenan, J. W.

Ministry of Health Provincial Ambulance Service “York South Ambulance”

Paramedics

  • Cook, William J.
  • Ferguson, M. Douglas
  • Kerr, Donald W.
  • Mathewson, Keith C.
  • McDooling, Alan G.
  • Orton, James A.
  • Reid, Paul M.
  • Ruppel, Glen
  • Seed, Peter M.
  • Spear, Gary A.
  • Stotts, Calvin H.