The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region EMS celebrates National Paramedic Services Week, May 25-31

WHITBY, ON May 20, 2014 - Durham Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will mark National Paramedic Services Week, May 25 to 31, by inviting the community to an open house at EMS headquarters, 4040 Anderson St., Whitby on May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrating the national theme, “Our Family Caring for Yours”, the week will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the essential service provided by the over 300 paramedics who respond to more than 93,000 requests annually, for out-of-hospital emergency medical care and emergency support across Durham Region.

“This open house will offer residents a great opportunity to see up close the work that we do,” said Dave Mokedanz, Superintendent, Quality and Development for Durham Region EMS. “We hope the community will drop by, check out the equipment and watch as paramedics demonstrate their skills and expertise on the training mannequins that are used as part of paramedic education.”

An added feature of the open house will include a display of McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home’s Oshawa built 1933 McLaughlin/Buick ambulance. This vintage ambulance will be on display along with a variety of other modern-day vehicles used by Durham Region EMS.

In addition to the open house, local paramedics will host a display at the Oshawa Centre on May 30 during regular mall hours. Residents are invited to visit the display and interact with paramedics.

Durham Region EMS is a division of Durham Region Health Department. As one of the largest paramedic services in Ontario, Durham Region EMS is the sole certified ambulance operator for the Region of Durham. The service is made up of a team of advanced care and primary care paramedics who operate out of 10 paramedic stations located across the Region.


Media inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999