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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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