Media advisory - Toronto paramedics kick off ambulance response time campaign with "town hall" meeting tonight

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Paramedics with Toronto EMS are launching
a public awareness campaign about ambulance response times with a town hall
meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 18, where they will share their stories from
the streets of the city.
    "We want the public to understand that three out of 10 ambulances called
will not meet the standard for response times for emergencies involving chest
pain and shortness of breath or any other life-threatening emergency," said
Brian Cochrane, president of Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 (CUPE). 
"Toronto EMS response times continue on a downward trend that started a long
time ago."
    Members of Local 416 will tell their stories at a "town hall" meeting at
8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 at the Ontario Federation of Labour building, 15
Gervais Drive, Room A2.  The union will also unveil campaign materials and
plans for their public awareness campaign.

    WHO:   Toronto EMS paramedics, members of Toronto Civic Employees Union
           Local 416

    WHAT:  "Town hall" meeting to launch ambulance response time public
           awareness campaign

    WHEN:  8 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    WHERE: Room A2, Ontario Federation of Labour Building, 15 Gervais Drive,
           Toronto, (Don Mills Road & Eglinton Avenue)

For further information:

For further information: Brian Cochrane, President, TCEU Local 416
Ambulance Unit, (416) 968-7721; Karen McNama, CUPE National Representative,
(416) 968-7721; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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