Media Advisory - Sept. 25-27 Beyond lights and sirens: Ontario's EMS leaders meet to improve pre-hospital care

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Each moment between a 9-1-1 call and the
ambulance's arrival at the hospital is crucial. When Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) leaders throughout the province meet in Toronto, they'll focus
on sharing strategies and perfecting best practices in EMS. Their goal is to
ensure all EMS staff in Ontario have the support, training, and policies in
place so that each patient treated and transported by paramedics arrives at
the hospital with the best possible chance of an improved outcome.
    Terri Burton, President of the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical
Services of Ontario (AMEMSO), proudly notes that over 300 delegates from
rural, remote and urban land and air-based emergency medical services will
attend the conference. The following events are scheduled:
    Sept 25 - Bruce Farr, Chief of Toronto EMS and President of EMS Chiefs of
Canada, hosts a golf tournament at the Humber Valley Golf Club to benefit
Mikey, an organization that donates public access defibrillators for use in
public buildings such as schools and arenas (
    Sept 26 - 27 - AMEMSO, Toronto EMS and the Ontario Base Hospital Group
offer a dynamic list of presentations on topics such as emergency department
wait times for paramedics, driver education, quality assurance, Canadian
Forces combat trauma patient management in the field, and the expanding role
of paramedics in Ontario's healthcare system.
    Sept 27 - Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a silent auction for the
Richard Boustead Foundation for Children's Charities (
    Major General Richard Rohmer, Honorary Chief of Toronto EMS, will present
the Governor General's EMS Exemplary Service Medal to 120 paramedics. In
addition, paramedics from Lambton, Halton, Haldimand and Brant will accept the
N.H. McNally Award of Bravery for demonstrating exceptional courage in the
line of duty.
    Throughout the conference, a trade show will feature the latest in
pre-hospital medical technologies and equipment, including a Canadian Forces
armoured ambulance.

    Where: South tower, Toronto Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front Street
           West, Toronto

    The complete conference schedule is at
    The AMEMSO website is

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule interviews: Lyla Miller, Toronto
EMS, (416) 392-2255, (416) 708-8125 (cell),; Mr. James
Price, AMEMSO, (519) 319-4664,

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