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McGuinty Government To Create Award For Paramedic Bravery

Ontario is creating an award to honour paramedics who have performed an act of exceptional bravery.

The Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery will be presented annually in cases where an Ontario paramedic has clearly demonstrated bravery in the course of his or her job or while off duty.

Paramedics play a critical role in saving lives and protecting our families - often putting their own lives at risk to protect the lives of others. Over 7,000 paramedics across the province work in uncontrolled settings where life threatening emergencies occur at any time of day or night.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's 60 certified land ambulance services currently respond to some 1.5 million calls annually
  • Paramedics undertake rigorous pre-service training through a two year college or university based training program, and are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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“Paramedics go above and beyond in the service of others every day across Ontario. They are key players in our first line of response along with police and firefighters - saving lives and protecting Ontario families. This award will recognize those paramedics who display extraordinary courage.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“I would like to personally thank each and every one of Ontario's paramedics for their tireless dedication. These brave men and women help thousands of Ontarians during their greatest times of need. Our government is privileged to work with all of our health care professionals, including paramedics, and this award recognizes the selfless contributions they to make to Ontarians.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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