County EMS staff make donation of defibrillators after fundraising effort

Some 11 local organizations are receiving Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) from the County of Lambton thanks to award-winning fundraising by a team of County EMS staff.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176 (Forest), Lambton Shared Services Centre, Grand Bend Harbour, Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area, Petrolia Farmer’s Market, and Lambton Public Health were presented with a PAD at the County Administration Building in Wyoming Tuesday (November 25).  The devices will be installed in public spaces at the various facilities.  EMS staff is working with other organizations to place the remaining devices.

“It is critical that a person who is unconscious and not breathing normally receive CPR and defibrillation as soon as possible,” said Jon Cann, supervisor of EMS Operations, County of Lambton. “The addition of these PADs will certainly strengthen the cardiac safety of our community.”

Funds to purchase the PADs were raised through the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart, a cycling event held in Toronto earlier this year.  A team of County of Lambton EMS staff participated on their own time, raising over $15,000 towards the purchasing of 11 PADs to be installed across Lambton County.  For their efforts, the County EMS team was presented with the Team Fundraising Award.

“The EMS team was greatly encouraged by the generosity of those who donated to this endeavour,” said Team Captain Jay Cudney.  “Now, more facilities in Lambton County will be better equipped to respond when defibrillation is needed.”

Over 14,000 riders participated in the event which took place across a 50 km stretch of the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway in both directions.  The Lambton EMS team says it plans to participate in next year’s event.

Public Access Defibrillators are able to deliver a life-saving shock within minutes of someone suffering cardiac arrest.  To date, over 70 Public Access Defibrillators have been placed in the community through the PAD program.

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