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Thursday May 1st, 2014

Posted at 8:12am

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It is First Responders Day in Ontario.

On December 10th, Bill 15, “An Act to Proclaim First Responders Day” was proclaimed by Royal Assent at the Ontario Legislature. This bill designates May 1st of each year as ‘First Responders Day’ in the Province of Ontario. On this day, communities across the Province are asked to acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifices and hard work of First Responders who have devoted their lives to public service.

First Responders Day marks the commencement of a month-long celebration of our emergency services. It is followed by Emergency Preparedness Week from May 4th to 10th, Police Week from May 11th to 17th, and ends with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 18th to 24th.

Those who are called ‘First Responders’ are typically those who arrive first at the scene of an emergency. They provide critical out-of-hospital medical care as well as protecting and preserving life, property and evidence.

They come from a number of different agencies and professions, including police, firefighters, military personnel, paramedics, medical evacuation pilots, dispatchers, nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and emergency managers.

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