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Paramedics with Toronto EMS are launching a public awareness campaign about ambulance response times with a town hall meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 18, where they will share their stories from the streets of the city.

We want the public to understand that three out of 10 ambulances called will not meet the standard for response times for emergencies involving chest pain and shortness of breath or any other life-threatening emergency,” said Brian Cochrane, president of Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 (CUPE).  “Toronto EMS response times continue on a downward trend that started a long time ago.”

Members of Local 416 will tell their stories at a “town hall” meeting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 at the Ontario Federation of Labour building, 15 Gervais Drive, Room A2.  The union will also unveil campaign materials and plans for their public awareness campaign.

WHO:  Toronto EMS paramedics, members of Toronto Civic Employees Union
Local 416

WHAT: “Town hall” meeting to launch ambulance response time public awareness campaign

WHEN: 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2008

WHERE: Room A2, Ontario Federation of Labour Building, 15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, (Don Mills Road & Eglinton Avenue)