Rescue 7 Weekly Review: July 20th-26th

Rescue 7 is a proud partner of the Heart & Stroke Foundation‘s national AED initiative. Many lives will be saved thanks to CPR/AED training and the availability of public access defibrillators. As of July 7th, 2015, The Minister of Health and the Alberta HSF CEO have exceeded the goal for AED installations in recreational and hockey arenas across the country, well ahead of schedule. To date, the Government of Canada and HSF have installed over 2,500 AEDs under the Initiative and over 18,000 people across Canada have been trained on how to properly use them. This is well above the target of having 2,000 AEDs installed by the end of the program in March 2016.

This initiative underscores the importance of having an AED accessible for all users in arenas and recreational facilities where moderate to high physical activity takes place, and the difference it can make in the event of a cardiac arrest. In total, seven lives have been saved using AEDs under the National AED Initiative; three in British Columbia, three in Ontario, and one in Manitoba.

Any recreational arena in Canada can apply for an AED through the National AED Initiative by visiting the HSF website. Once all arenas are equipped, funding may be available for AEDs to be installed in other high-traffic non-arena-based recreational facilities.

For more information about the initiative, click here:

In partnership with the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, Rescue 7 has donated another AED to honour the life of York Regional Police Det. Const. Rob Plunkett. We are proud to help Sonja Plunkett and the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund honour such an incredible man. Killed in the line of duty, Plunkett left behind two children who miss him dearly. Through this donation, a yoga studio will benefit from an easily accessible AED; the Plunkett family will benefit from a way to remember their husband and father as a selfless man who dedicated his life to civil service. For more information about the Plunkett family, visit this article by the Barrie Examiner. See a clip of the donation of the Rescue 7 AED here!

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