Thirty of Canada’s newest citizens were welcomed by the head of Toronto Paramedic Services with a citizenship ceremony, during which they learned about the city’s emergency medical assistance programs.
Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Gord McEachen, along with citizenship Judge Albert Wong, hosted the event for the new Canadians and their families and friends.
“Canadian citizenship is a privilege and honour,” Wong said in a statement. “These new citizens are now vested with all the rights of Canadians.”
Information shared with the new Canadians and their guests focused on Toronto Paramedic Services’ work in the community, which includes receiving as many as 800 calls a day for 911 emergency medical help. Toronto Paramedic Services shared many facts, including how dispatchers are capable of responding to 911 calls in nearly 170 different languages by connecting to an interpreter within seconds if needed.
Toronto Paramedic Services also shared important information about calling 911 for emergency assistance such as having an address and location ready and also being ready to give a brief description of the incident.
Toronto Paramedic services, which responds to approximately 300,000 calls for medical help each year, has 125 emergency medical dispatchers and over 1,000 paramedics, according to the statement.