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

Toronto Paramedic Association to Donate $10,000 to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

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Paramedics with pink epaulettes

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Paramedic Association (TPA) raised funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For the month of October, residents saw many Toronto Paramedic Services paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, management staff and operations support employees wearing pink slip-on epaulettes. The TPA sold the epaulettes to staff as a fundraiser for … Read More

Changing the Name: behind the scenes

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Ambulance - New Design

Ambulance—New Design Changing the name and visual identity of a service as large as Toronto Paramedic Services, with over 1000 employees is a major undertaking. It was important to us that the new name be clearer and more reflective of our service (See Chief Paul Raftis’ announcement video for more), but it was also important that it be done in … Read More

Toronto Paramedic Services Joins The Fight Against Cancer!

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senior staff pink epaulettes

Back Row: Commander Leo Tsang, Deputy Chief Frank Hurlehey, Chief Paul Raftis, Deputy Chief Garrie Wright Front: Deputy Chief Cindy Nicholson   Toronto residents may see Paramedics, Emergency Medical Dispatchers and Operations Support staff wearing pink throughout the entire month of October. That is because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and employees of Toronto Paramedic Services, in partnership with … Read More

Our New Name

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our new name
Our new name, "Toronto Paramedic Services" represents all of our dedicated people and the variety of skilled disciplines that come together to create one of the world's leading pre-hospital care systems. Our paramedics and EMDs use modern, state-of-the art technology and clinically sound paramedical best practices in their respective disciplines to help our patients when they need it most. While ... Read More

Understanding our new visual identity

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Toronto Paramedic Services Logo History

If you’ve lived in Toronto a long time, you might remember a few incarnations of the ambulance service, from Metropolitan Toronto Ambulance, to Toronto Ambulance, to Toronto Emergency Medical Services, and now to Toronto Paramedic Services. And with each new change in our name, we have had new visual identities. While our distinctive white and blue ambulances will remain largely … Read More

Toronto EMS employees raise awareness and funds for ALS Canada

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TPA President Geoff MacBride pours ice water on Chief Paul Raftis

On Thursday August 21, 2014, Toronto EMS Chief Paul Raftis and his senior staff, Deputy Chief Operations Garrie Wright, Deputy Chief Program Development and Service Quality Cindy Nicholson, Deputy Chief Communications Gord McEachen, and Deputy Chief Operations Support Frank Hurlehey responded to Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief Anthony Di Monte’s call to take the icebucket challenge for ALS. The team not … Read More

30 Years of Advanced Life Support

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2014 marks the 30 year anniversary of ALS or Advanced Life Support paramedicine at Toronto EMS. Join us as we celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Check this page from time to time as we update it with materials we've collected over the last 30 years. (Please click the images below to expand them.)