Communicator of the Year Awards

Sandra Humenik, Emergency medical dispatcher of the year

Emergency medical dispatcher of the year Sandra Humenik

This year, Monday, April 13, 2015 to Friday, April 17, 2015 is proclaimed by the City of Toronto as 9-1-1 Telecommunicator’s Week. Every year, the second week of April is dedicated to 9-1-1 Telecommunicators, the first of the first responders in an emergency.

The week is dedicated to honour and show appreciation for the lifesaving communications services provided by police, fire, and ambulance telecommunicators. Although they are not as visible as the men and women who arrive at the scene of emergencies, they are just as important. Read More

Toronto Paramedic Services Recognizes Residents and Others for Helping Save Lives

2015 Award Winners

On Thursday April 2, at Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters, Chief Paul Raftis hosted the division’s annual awards ceremony. Among the more than 50 people recognized for their roles in helping paramedics save lives in Toronto over the past year were 32 residents and several employees of the Toronto Police Service, the City’s Corporate Security and the Toronto Transit Commission.

“I want to thank Toronto Paramedic Services for taking the initiative to host these awards,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

“These awards not only recognize paramedic, emergency medical dispatch and operations support persons of the year, but also residents and bystanders who make a difference in stepping in to help a paramedic save a life.”

Chief Paul Raftis commented, “Each year, the number of residents and allied service members we recognize increases. This is a testament to the caring people who live in the city who are willing to step in and help a stranger, family member or friend in a medical emergency. It makes me proud to lead this team of dedicated medical professionals – and to also serve the people who live in our community.”

Toronto Paramedic Services employees submit names of residents, bystanders and allied service members to a nomination committee as events occur each year. The submissions are reviewed by a nominating committee for the selection of award recipients. Following is the list of award winners for 2015. A photo gallery will be posted shortly.
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Toronto Paramedic Services Earns Re-accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre of Excellence

Chief Paul Raftis; Jerry Overton, Chair of the Board of Accreditation of the Academies of Emergency Dispatch; Deputy Chief of Communications Gord McEachen

Chief Paul Raftis; Jerry Overton, Chair of the Board of Accreditation of the Academies of Emergency Dispatch; Deputy Chief of Communications Gord McEachen

 
On April 2, Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Paul Raftis accepted a recognition plaque from Jerry Overton, Chair of the Board of Accreditation of the Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

The plaque marks the third time since 2008 that Toronto Paramedic Services has earned the prestigious re-accreditation designating Toronto Paramedic Services’ Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre as a Centre of Excellence. The “ACE” designation (Accredited Centre of Excellence) is the highest distinction in 911 emergency communication services.Read More