Partnership sees 116 defibrillators placed in Halton schools

Partnership sees 116 defibrillators placed in Halton schools

Release Date: May 21, 2013

Halton Region is proud to announce that 116 defibrillators have been placed in Halton’s schools and more than 1200 staff and students have been certified to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillators thanks to the partnership between Halton Region, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Government of Ontario, the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board.

“A partnership that results in heart-safe communities is a tremendous accomplishment and benefit for Halton’s residents and visitors,” stated Halton Region Chair Gary Carr. “With this partnership, we are helping to ensure a vibrant, healthy Halton.”

Installation of defibrillators and training on how to use the devices and perform CPR was provided by the Halton Region Paramedic Services over a seven month period.

“We are proud to partner with Halton Region to safeguard these schools, and to ensure that these hubs of learning and community activity provide the students, teachers, staff and parents with peace of mind and the assurance that a vital link of the Chain of Survival™ is within easy reach,” said Andrew Lotto, Manager of Resuscitation with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. “This brings us one step closer to making AEDs as commonplace as fire extinguishers.”

The project was made possible through the Ontario Defibrillator Access Initiative, which is operated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Targeted to publicly-funded facilities and schools with high sport and recreation use, the initiative aims to increase access to life-saving defibrillators. For every defibrillator placed, Paramedics train and certify at least 10 people at that location on how to use the devices and respond quickly if someone experiences cardiac arrest.

Defibrillation facts

  • If a defibrillator is immediately applied to a victim of cardiac arrest within the first five to 10 minutes, the likelihood of survival is high.
  • Survival rates in cardiac rehabilitation programs that provide defibrillation within the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest are higher than 85 percent.
  • With each passing minute from the time of the cardiac arrest, the odds of survival declines by about seven to 10 percent.
  • Research shows that defibrillators are an effective intervention for sudden cardiac arrest where there is a high likelihood of cardiac arrest in settings where large numbers of people may be located.

This announcement coincides with Paramedic Week (May 19-25), an international event held annually on the third week of May which celebrates paramedicine and raises awareness of the vital role of paramedics.

For more information about CPR or how to use a defibrillator, visit www.halton.ca/paramedicvideos, dial 311 or toll free 1-866-442-5866. In emergency situations, always dial 911.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Halton Defibrillator
Photo, left to right:
Paul Lamey, Halton Region Paramedic Services; Greg Sage, Chief, Halton Region Paramedic Services; Amy Collard, Chair, Halton District School Board; Gary Carr, Halton Region Chair; Diane Rabenda, Chair, Halton Catholic District School Board; Andrew Lotto, Heart and Stroke Foundation; Sandra Page, Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Media Contact:
Jeff Crowder
Strategic Communications
Halton Region
jeff.crowder@halton.ca
905-825-6000, x7968

Nadia Formigoni
Communications Specialist, Resuscitation Programs
Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario
nformigoni@hsf.on.ca
416-489-7111 x736