The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Region of Durham Paramedic Services celebrates Paramedic Services Week

WHITBY, ON May 18, 2016 - Region of Durham Paramedic Services (RDPS) will mark National Paramedic Services Week, May 22 to 28, by recognizing the contribution of the more than 300 paramedics who respond to over 110,000 requests for out of hospital emergency medical care and emergency support in our community.

Celebrating the national theme, “Paramedics: Enhancing Care, Changing Lives”, Durham Region paramedics will observe the week by hosting a display at Pickering Town Centre on May 26 during regular mall hours. Residents are invited to visit the display and interact with paramedics. Also, on May 28, Region of Durham Paramedic Services will host an open house at the RDPS headquarters, 4040 Anderson St., Whitby, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“At the Pickering Town Centre display, residents will have an opportunity to interact with paramedics and at the open house, they can check out the equipment used by our service and try their hand at paramedic skills,” explained Dave Mokedanz, Superintendent, Quality and Development for Region of Durham Paramedic Services. “If you’ve ever wondered what happens if you need to call on paramedics for assistance, this is a great chance to find out.”

The open house will also feature an Oshawa built 1933 McLaughlin/Buick ambulance supplied by McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home. It will be on display along with the many different vehicles currently used by the Paramedic Services.

Region of Durham Paramedic Services is a division of the Durham Region Health Department. As one of the largest paramedic services in Ontario, Region of Durham Paramedic Services is the sole certified ambulance operator for the Region of Durham. The service consists of a team of advanced care and primary care paramedics, operating out of 10 paramedic stations located throughout the Region.

For more information about Region of Durham Paramedic Services, please visit

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