Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph

Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2016 – Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is launching a new community program designed to help save lives in Guelph, and Wellington county.

You are invited to learn more about the Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program—believed to be the first of its kind in Canada—and watch an automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration at the launch event on Friday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at City Hall.

Research shows that victims of cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival when there is early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.

“We believe that providing AEDs at community events—where there is no easy or timely access to a defibrillator—can save lives,” says Stephen Dewar, chief of Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service.

What

Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program launch
Automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration

Who

Mayor Cam Guthrie
Chief Stephen Dewar, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Lori King, Project Coordinator and CFO, BERRN Consulting Ltd./AED4Life

Where

City Hall Galleria, 1 Carden Street

When

Friday, November 25
11 a.m.

About the Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program

Starting tomorrow, Friday, November 25, members of the public can borrow an automated external defibrillator (AED), at no cost, for short-term community and family events within the city and county. Events include: family reunions, concerts, golf outings, group nature hikes, races, festivals, weddings, and large church gatherings.

AEDs can be signed out by filling out the online request form at guelph.ca/paramedic or by calling 519-822-1260 extension 2880.

Currently, there are two AEDs available for loan. One was purchased by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario with funds raised by Guelph-Wellington paramedics who participated in the Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart. The second AED was donated by BERRN Consulting Ltd./AED4Life.

For more information

Stephen Dewar
Chief, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
519-822-1260 extension 2805
stephen.dewar@guelph.ca