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 … 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Services for Seniors

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Deb Wicks-Services for Seniors

As mentioned in the Breakfast Television interview with Community Paramedic Debbie Wicks, 31 March 2015, Toronto Paramedics Services recommends the webpage  “Services for Seniors in Toronto” for vulnerable seniors and their caregivers with information about services that can help them to maintain their independence and remain in their homes.

Toronto Paramedics Pitch in to Support Daily Bread Food Bank

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Troy van Overdijk, Stephanie Rahilly, and Geoff MacBride of Toronto Paramedic Services     Generous St. Patrick Day parade attendees on Sunday donated 154 kilograms (345 pounds) of food and $900 – enough to provide over 900 meals – to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. For the second year, volunteers from Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Paramedic Association collected … Read More

New Drug Trial Puts Possible Stroke Treatment in the Hands of Paramedics

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FRONTIER Study group in front of St Michael's Hospital, Toronto

TORONTO, March 13, 2015 Paramedics in Toronto, Vancouver, Richmond and the Region of Peel in suburban Toronto will soon administer a stroke drug, called NA-1, to eligible stroke victims as part of a new 558-patient randomized control trial. The trial will begin in Toronto on March 16 and expand to the other cities thereafter. NA-1 has already been shown to … Read More

Seniors Health Fair at West End YMCA


Poster - Seniors Health Fair 2015
The Mid West Toronto Health Link is hosting a Seniors Health Fair in partnership with the Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. The event is a great opportunity for seniors to gain access to education and resources to support their coming of age so we are asking anyone who works with a seniors population to please help ... Read More

The Cost of an Ambulance Call


Paramedics at hospital entrance

There has been some discussion in the news recently regarding the costs associated with calling an ambulance in regions across Canada. In Ontario, the costs are mandated by the provincial government. Service isn’t free, but the majority of your ambulance bill is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (O.H.I.P.) for residents of this province. When transported in a licensed … Read More

New TTC Emergency Alarm Campaign


Subway Emergency Alarm

Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Paul Raftis joined Toronto Police, Toronto Fire and TTC staff today to launch a new awareness campaign “Press for Emergencies Only”. This campaign will help subway riders understand that pressing the passenger Emergency Alarm is like calling 9-1-1 for a paramedics, a police officer, or a firefighter. The Emergency Alarm is a long yellow bar located above the windows … Read More