About Us

Saving lives through science, innovation and collaboration.

Rescu works with emergency responders, both land and air, to develop and evaluate processes of care and timely interventions.  Our aim is to improve outcomes for patients suffering life threatening trauma and cardiac emergencies in the out-of-hospital setting.

The largest research program of its kind in Canada, Rescu works with more than twenty EMS and fire services within the Toronto Regional RescuNet that includes Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, Toronto and York regions. We’ve also partnered with the Ontario Air Ambulance, or “Ornge”, which serves the province of Ontario with both fixed wing and helicopter response to field calls and interfacility transfers.

Mission, Vision & Values

Rescu conducts studies involving patients in life-threatening situations, where it is not feasible to obtain consent for data collection due to the necessity of responders providing patient assessment, care, and transport. Rescu recognizes that it’s critical to protect patient rights, including privacy and personal health information. Accordingly, we are happy to provide information regarding our data governance and information practices. Additionally, Rescu has collaborated with St. Michael’s Hospital and industry experts to undergo threat risk and privacy impact assessments. Summaries of these items are below:

EMS and Fire Operators By the Numbers


Responses to patient requests for care each year


Academic and community hospitals where patients are received


Population served across Ontario