District mum on selected locations
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An emergency defibrillator is shown.
Twenty schools in the western region will be receiving automated external defibrillators over the coming weeks.
The west coast schools are among the more than 40 in the province that will be provided with the defibrillators through the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Program — Schools, which was announced last week.
The Heart and Stoke Foundations’ program is an initiative that brings together community partners such as Vale, the Resource Development Trades Council and the provincial government in an effort to make schools safe and responsive to the needs of the community.
In this first phase of the program, defibrillators will go to schools where a student, staff member, or both, have an identified pre-existing heart condition.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will not reveal the locations.
“The program is run by the foundation and there are some outstanding concerns about giving school lists as it may lead to identifying individuals who have health concerns,” said an email from the district.
The district said that individuals in the recipient schools will undergo training on the use of the defibrillators in the coming weeks.