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					     STAFF UPDATE           January 14, 2005

Bon Voyage: Cambodia-bound Global Medic team includes eight
Toronto EMS Paramedics
By Larry Roberts, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications

Global Medic, the operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation, is sending a large team
to Cambodia on January 17, 2005. A group of Toronto EMS paramedics had been spending the last
several month getting ready and raising funds for this three-week mission. Our staff are part of a multi-
disciplinary team which also include a Toronto Fire Fighter and three Police Officers.

The following Toronto EMS Paramedics are participating in this mission: Sheree Hryhor, Jasmine
Jasavala, Bill McCracken, Maryann Munns, Victor Pak, Rob Selfridge, Brian Welch, and team
leader, Rahul Singh.

Completing the team are Elizabeth Glibbery (former EMS
Operational Support Manager currently with City’s Solid Waste
division), Adina Kaufman of Toronto Fire Services, Don Ryan,
Jackie Hood and David Phillips Jr. of Toronto Police Services, and
Alfred Ng, a physiotherapist.

                                     The team will be joined by Gord
                                     Martineau, Steve Boorne and Dr.
                                     Karl Kabasele from Citytv and
                                     Jennifer Hollett from MuchMusic
                                     on Wednesday, January 19 in
                                     Bangkok. From Bangkok, the
                                     team will be driven into
                                     Cambodia. Look for reports
                                     from Gord Martineau on Citytv         Jasmine Jasavala teaches
                                                                           Sri Lankan medics proper
The 2003 Cambodia Mission Team       and CP24 newscasts, and another       lifing techiniques on last
                                     NewSerial feature.                    year’s mission. Jasmine is
                                                                           off to Cambodia next week
To see Gord’s report on the 2003 mission to Cambodia, see:                           Bon Voyage and Safe
                                                                           Return to Jas and the rest of
Scroll down to “Compassion for Cambodia”.                                  the Global Medic team!

The mission is an ambitious one. The team hopes to build a clinic, equip hospitals and battalion aid
stations, train healthcare workers, distribute school books and food over 300,000 villagers and orphans.

Please join me in wishing the team a successful mission and a safe return home.
                                                                  STAFF UPDATE January 14, 2005

Toronto EMS Medics helping tsunami victims in Sri Lanka
By Rahul Singh, Level 1 Paramedic, via e-mail from Sri Lanka

We are in full swing of our operation. Our team consists of 3 Toronto Paramedics (Dave Hutcheon,
Carl Rotmann and Rahul Singh), 2 Niagara Paramedics, 2 other paramedics, and 1 water technician
from the Yukon. We are working out of our base camp called Camp Yukon in Batticoloa. There have
been over 5,000 deaths in this region and 200,000 people have been displaced. there are over 68
welfare camps. The Tsunami moved landmines from their charted locations adding some problems to
the relief effort. Communication is difficult at time from our location.

We have accomplished the following:
- 2- 3 teams of mobile medical visits to refugee camps daily, treating an average of 400 patients a day
- Imported in over $40,000 worth of medicine
- Completed risk assessment of water system for town of Batticoloa, pop. 150 000
- Started to chlorinate main town system
- Rehabilitiating 20 village wells
- Assembling a team of 50 volunteers to learn how to clean wells, including land mine paramedics,
villagers, and local staff
- Assessing feasibility of building a small medical clinic

Editor’s Note: The Sri Lanka Team departed from Toronto on January 4. Rahul Singh will be leaving
the Sri Lanka mission to join up with the Cambodia mission on January 20.

In a news release dated December 31, Mayor David Miller announced that the City was sending a
supply of sodium hyperchlorite to help Rahul’s team provide clean drinking water for tsunami victims
in Sri Lanka:

       Toronto Mayor David Miller said, "I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Rahul
       Singh for the incredible work he is doing to help victims of this disaster. I am immensely proud
       that the City of Toronto can support his efforts by providing the supplies and expertise
       necessary to get clean water to so many who need it so badly."

The news release is available at:

Tsunami Relief shipments to Sri Lanka
From a media advisory dated January 12, announcing the loading.

On Thursday, January 13, the first of two shipments of high-priority relief goods were loaded into a
transport container for the tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. City of Toronto by-law officers and
Emergency Medical Services staff will join with Niagara Emergency Medical Services staff and other
city volunteers to load the materials.

                                                                    STAFF UPDATE January 14, 2005

The two 40 cubic feet containers will hold:
- 10 skids of a fortified beverage
- two skids of nutritional power bars
- two to three skids of assistance devices (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.)
- one skid of non-perishable food
- 2,000 units of insect repellant
- a prefabricated medical shelter
- a golf-cart ambulance
- 100 bicycles (donated by City of Toronto staff and concerned residents)
- two defibrillators
- various medical equipment (stretchers, back and ked boards, fracture splints, trauma kits, various
   medications, hospital medical gowns and gloves, chair stands, lights, lensometers, phoropters,
   projectors and slit lamps).
- medical supplies (vaccines, antibiotics, saline)
- children's toys
- porta-tank (used for water supply for fires)

All of these items, coming as far away as the Yukon and Alberta, are donations-in-kind to the David
McAntony Gibson Foundation. City of Toronto staff have co-ordinated the transfer of the goods from
the suppliers to the containers. The first shipment is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on February 2. A
second shipment will be leaving in the third week of January and is expected to arrive mid-February.

Offload Delay Report hits the news
By Larry Roberts, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications

The hospital offload delay issue was very prominent in local, provincial and national media this week
following the release of Toronto EMS’ report to the City’s Community Services Committee (CSC) for
the January 11 CSC meeting.

The report is available on the City website at:

Media coverage
It was a very busy week, beginning on Monday afternoon. I did interviews for CBC Radio Metro
Morning and the Toronto SUN. By Tuesday morning, when the SUN article hit the streets, every media
outlet in town was calling. I did phone interviews with 680 News and a live spot with Ted Woloshyn
on 1010 CFRB. Chief Bruce Farr also did a CFRB interview that played all day. At least one medic
called in to talk to Bill Carroll on CFRB as well – thanks!

Bruce was interviewed live on Metro Morning, with Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of the Community
Services Committee and a strong advocate for Toronto EMS. As the report went to Committee, Bruce
did further interviews with CBC TV, CBC French TV, and was scrummed at City Hall by Globe and
Mail, Toronto STAR and Toronto Community News (weekly Mirror/Guardian papers) reporters. Peter
Macintyre also did an extensive interview with the Toronto Star.

                                                                  STAFF UPDATE January 14, 2005

Here are links to the Toronto Star articles about Offload Delay:
January 12:

January 13:

                                           Our coverage was helped greatly by Tuesday rideouts with
                                           Global and Citytv. Thanks to the crews of Siobhan
                                           Carlin/Richard Shin and Shamez Kassam/Ted Kulik for
                                           agreeing to help out.

                                           The issue continued to have legs all week. Dave Doiron was
                                           live on Metro Morning on Wednesday, and the TVO show
                                           Studio 2 on Friday devoted a whole political panel section to
                                           offload delays and emergency department overcrowding.
                                           Councillor Chow did a great job advocating for an end to
                                           offload delays for paramedics.
Photo courtesy of
                                            A PR company, Veritas Communications, had nice things to
Ambulance crews, like this one at St.       say in their Touchdowns and Fumbles weekly news review:
Mike’s yesterday, must wait too long to
get patients admitted to many hospitals,
preventing them from getting to other
calls quicker.

A message from your Joint Health & Safety Committee:
By Roberta Scott, on behalf of the JH&S Committee

The JH&S Committee would like to bring to your attention a few important issues regarding vehicle
restraint systems.

Your Ambulance air bag system will not work properly, and in fact, may be very harmful to you, if
your seatbelt system is not used/working properly. If you notice that your vehicle’s "check air bag"
lights are functional on the dash, report this immediately and get it checked out.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to always wear your seatbelts in the
Ambulance. As we all know, 100% compliance with seatbelt use will literally be a matter of life and
death in the event of a collision in the Ambulance.

As pre-hospital care providers, we should be setting the example for the rest of the community -
SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES- We know this is true through our patient care experience and we must
remember that we are not immune to collisions, in fact we are at a higher risk by the very nature of our
job. Please always wear your seatbelt in the Ambulance and encourage your partner to do the same -
not only is it the law, but it may save your life.


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