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Monday, 17 February 2014

Public Access Defibrillator Fair- February 22 -Register Now!

Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service Public Access Defibrillator Fair - Are You Prepared?

February 22, 2014, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service is offering a Public Access Defibrillator Fair Upstairs at Loblaws in the Community Room. Do you know how to use a defibrillator?
This is a great opportunity to become educated on how to use the PAD located in various locations throughout City of Kawartha Lakes. It is important to learn how to use the defibrillator should an emergency occur.
Thanks to the participation of numerous community organizations and individuals, PADs are located in all high risk locations in City of Kawartha Lakes.
There are 180 PADs located in the municipality with 50 of these sites located within City owned buildings.
The definition of high risk for a building or community event can be defined by three key points:
  • EMS data that supports past significant 911 medical calls
  • 200 citizens in a building or event per day with an average age of 50 years
  • Barriers that slow down emergency service response (distance, locked doors, multiple floors etc.).

Kawartha Lakes Community Partners Aid PAD Program

Community partners are the reason for the local PAD success and Kawartha Lakes EMS would like to thank and acknowledge:
  • City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Ric McGee and council as well as all the city directors and managers for embracing the program and enabling PAD placement and continued CPR training for staff
  • CKL Fire / Rescue, Kawartha Lakes Police Service and Kawartha Lakes OPP for PAD placement in offices and emergency vehicles as well as continued CPR training for staff
  • Ross Memorial Hospital for providing in-hospital defibrillation programs and continued CPR training for staff
  • Central Ambulance Communications Center for logging active PAD sites into their database and providing dispatcher assisted CPR to citizens over the phone
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation (local, provincial and national) for direction and grant funding
  • The Mikey Network for providing affordable PADs either through assistance and in some cases grants
  • St. John Ambulance (local chapter) for providing local PAD /CPR response at special events and CPR training for citizens
  • Red Cross (local chapter) who provides CPR training for citizens
  • Private site partners especially the Kawartha Lakes Schools.  Trillium Lakelands Trillium Lakelands District Schools, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District Schools, and Heritage Christian School all are continuing CPR training for staff and some now have programs for the students as well
  • A special thank you goes to Allan Chapman (Lindsay Tim Horton stores owner) for continuing to fund and sponsor the Heart Hero Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) program for 500 grade 5 and 6 students each year. This program is directly attributed to teaching lifesaving skills to our youth who in turn teach ten adults in the skill of hands only CPR. The result is 5,000 citizens’ receiving CPR information and skills annually.
  • The second group that must be acknowledged is the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association for continuing to fundraise through an annual ball tournament that in 2012 raised enough funds to purchase four PADs for Kawartha Lakes OPP vehicles.

WHERE: Upstairs at Loblaws in the Community Room

DATE: February 22, 2014

TIME: 10am to 2pm

Please contact Mike Lohnes for more information or to book your spot at 705-878-1284 or email mlohnes@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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