News Release
June 11, 2024

At a graduation ceremony this afternoon, Toronto Paramedic Services (TPS) Chief Bikram Chawla and other City of Toronto representatives welcomed 27 new frontline TPS Operations and Communications Centre staff members, who have completed comprehensive TPS orientation and training programs.

The graduates, including 21 new Primary Care Paramedics and six Emergency Telecommunicators, join the dedicated team of TPS professionals who continue to provide exceptional pre-hospital care to Toronto’s residents and visitors.

TPS is staffed by skilled paramedics who provide 24-hour pre-hospital emergency care that may be the difference between life and death for ill or injured individuals. The TPS Central Ambulance Communications Centre is the critical link between the community and paramedic-based health care. Emergency Medical Dispatchers and Call Takers provide immediate life support instructions using an accredited call triage system and modern telecommunications technology that ensure people in need have timely access to emergency medical resources.

More information is available on the City’s TPS webpage.


 “Congratulations to the new recruits. The Toronto Paramedic Service keeps us all safe and healthy, and we are grateful these new recruits have stepped up to serve the community. By increasing the number of trained Primary Care Paramedics and Emergency Telecommunicators, we’re ensuring help is there when you need it.”   

– Mayor Olivia Chow 

“I’m delighted to welcome our graduates to Toronto Paramedic Services. They join our dedicated team of Paramedics, Emergency Medical Call Takers and Dispatchers, Support and Leadership staff who care for our communities every day with the highest level of skill and empathy. Congratulations to each of you for committing yourselves to the Toronto Public Service.”  

– Chief Bikram Chawla, Toronto Paramedic Services

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