May 22, 2003

York Regional Council recognizes National EMS Week

York Regional Council today recognized National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 18 to 24, by wearing York Region EMS pins. The Week recognizes the profession of paramedicine.

"I'm pleased to recognize and acknowledge the daily contributions of York Region EMS staff to the health and safety of our residents and visitors," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.

"The services you provide make a difference every day," added Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region's Health and EMS Committee. "For coming to the aid of individuals and communities in times of crises quickly, responsively, compassionately and professionally we thank you."

Last year, York Region EMS responded to approximately 75,000 calls by providing basic and advanced life support, emergency and non-emergency medical care and transport of the ill and injured. Approximately 300 paramedics and support staff provide Emergency Medical Services to the Regional Municipality of York through the deployment of up to 24 ambulances, four Paramedic Response Vehicles and two Supervisor Response Vehicles.

"Through their daily commitment and dedication, paramedics continue to reinforce York Region EMS as an industry leader in out-of-hospital healthcare," said Brad Meekin, General Manager of York Region EMS.

Paramedics staff each vehicle and can assist the sick and injured in their homes or on the streets by providing care for immediate life threatening conditions and safe, rapid transport to an appropriate facility for continuing medical care.


Emergency Medical Services include:

9-1-1 is the universal number to access emergency ambulance service from anywhere in York Region.


Contact: Kim Clark, York Region Health Services

(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 4101

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

Back to top