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Simcoe County kicked off its celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 15-21) on Sunday at Barrie's waterfront with a display of emergency vehicles.

It was the first of several events organized by the Simcoe County Paramedic Association (SCPA) to raise awareness to public safety, but also honour the first response teams that provide immediate and life-saving medical support to local residents.

On average, Simcoe County's paramedics respond to 40,000 emergency calls each year, while finding time in between to run more than 100 community and charity events.

Three Simcoe County paramedics were recently recognized with the Champion for Children Award for their involvement with last years annual toy drive, which brought in $8,600, 4,600 recycled toys and 850 pounds of food.

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