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More paramedics in the subway system



The TTC and Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have expanded the successful pilot project they launched last year, assigning an EMS paramedic at Bloor - Yonge Station during the Monday-to-Friday morning and afternoon rush periods.

Last week, the TTC and Toronto EMS based another paramedic and TTC supervisor at Spadina Station on Monday-to-Friday mornings from 7 until 10 a.m. to supplement the team at Bloor - Yonge.

Two teams are also on duty during Monday-to-Friday afternoon rush hours from 2 until 6 p.m. One team works at Union Station and the second at Eglinton Station.

Adding more paramedics allows the TTC and Toronto EMS to help passengers more quickly by expanding the area each paramedic can reach by subway and better accommodating the daily flow of commuter traffic. By placing highly trained paramedics in the system who are familiar with the underground architecture, Toronto EMS is reaching patients faster and immediately beginning treatment.

Not only will passengers have quicker medical help when they need it, but the TTC can reduce the service delays resulting from medical emergencies, which can affect tens of thousands of people at a time.

During the first week of the pilot project, a paramedic successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient on a train at Museum Station. Since then, the paramedic has responded to all kinds of medical emergencies on trains and in stations.

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