More than 40 schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will receive automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of a Heart and Stroke Foundation program.
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Education Minister Clyde Jackman
The announcement today at Queen Elizabeth Regional High in Conception Bay South, was attended by local politicians, as well as representatives from funding partners Vale and the Resource Development Trades Council (RDTC).
“This initiative is an excellent example of how a non-profit agency, community partners such as Vale and the Resource Development Trades Council, and the provincial government can work together to achieve a common goal – to make our schools safe and responsive to the needs of the community it serves," said Education Minister Clyde Jackman.
The minister said the province is excited to be involved in the first phase of this program, and to help facilitate professional development, through the provision of substitute teaching hours, that will provide school staff with training in the use of the defibrillators.
The program builds on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s former "Restart a Heart, Restart a Life" campaign which, with $225,000 in financial support from the provincial government, in addition to corporate sponsorship, has placed about 170 AEDs in sporting arenas and community facilities through Newfoundland and Labrador since 2010.
Mary Ann Butt, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Newfoundland and Labrador, commended government and the corporate partners for their commitment to health and safety in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Terry French, minister of tourism, culture and recreation, said, "Working together with community partners, it is important that we continue to achieve the goals we set for the province in our recreation and sport strategy.”
AEDs allow non-medical personnel, with appropriate training, to restore heart rhythm and life. The AED uses voice prompts and text messages to tell the rescuer what steps to take, and delivers an electric shock to the heart. In combination with early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), AEDs can increase the rate of survival from cardiac arrest by up to 75 per cent.
For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s AED program, visit www.heartandstroke.nf.ca