Toronto Paramedic Services provides dedicated on-site, medical coverage for all types of events, ranging in size from small film shoots and corporate functions, to community/street events and festivals as well as larger scale events that can draw a million attendees or more. We are the sole ambulance service provider within the City of Toronto that is licensed to transport patients in an emergency situation, to a hospital (under the Ambulance Act of Ontario)
We understand that for you, medical coverage is only one aspect of your overall event plan (and budget). The special events planning team will provide you with assistance to select the appropriate resources for you to ensure public safety and mitigate risk. Click the links below to find out more.
- Primary care paramedic and advanced care paramedic crew(s) with a fully stocked transport capable ambulance
- Emergency Response units are staffed with a single paramedic on a non-transport capable vehicle
- Bike paramedics provide rapid response in crowds with a fully equipped mountain bike
- Multi-patient bus
- Incident commander/Supervisor
- Dedicated emergency medical dispatchers
- A plan to access 911 including a mobile phone
- A person trained in first aid and CPR, and
- A basic first aid kit.
An AED (automated external defibrillator, also known as a public access defibrillator), with trained staff, is also beneficial. The first aid station should be easily visible and accessible to everyone on site. Some events will require more extensive medical coverage. The Toronto Paramedic Services Special Events Planning Team will work with you to determine the appropriate level of coverage for your event.
Things to consider when arranging medical coverage:
- What is the size of the event/how many people?
- What time of year? What type of weather?
- How long will the even run? Hours or days.
- Will it run into night-time hours? If so what kind of lighting is available?
- Location: is it indoor, outdoor, or both?
- Will alcoholic beverages be served?
- What is the expected demographic?
- What types of emergency incidents have occurred in the past?
- Is it a sporting event? If so, how physically demanding or strenuous is the activity?
- How experienced and prepared are the participants?
- CNE and the Canadian International Air Show
- Toronto Indy
- Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
- Pride Toronto
- Canada Day celebrations
- Taste of the Danforth
- Santa Claus Parade
- Various sporting events, including marathons and triathlons
- World Youth Day
- Toronto SARS benefit concert with approximately 500,000 attendees – covered by 200 paramedics treating over 3000 patients in 12 hours including a field hospital
- Film shoots
- Meetings and conventions for companies and organizations
- City of Toronto Event PAL – An interactive form to generate special event permit applications and notify various city departments
- City of Toronto Emergency Planning Page including access to Emergency Action Plan Guidelines & Template and Special Events Planning & Emergency Levels chart
- City of Toronto Event Planning Checklist (pdf)
- Office of Emergency Management