A paramedic accused of stealing an ambulance during the city workers’ strike has been suspended without pay for 30 days — the most severe punishment short of dismissal, Torstar News Service has learned.

Glenn Fontaine, ambulance unit chairman of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, was disciplined by Toronto EMS for the June 22 incident, in which an ambulance was abandoned outside city hall with a union placard on its rear and its lights flashing.

The 26-year EMS veteran has also been criminally charged with two counts of taking a vehicle without consent and two counts of mischief to property.

EMS spokesman Peter Macintyre said if an employee were convicted of a serious offence, he would probably be fired.