Paramedics donate life-saving technology to two local organizations

Cobourg, ON – May 26, 2014 – Heart health was at the heart of the matter, when Northumberland Paramedics today presented Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to representatives of Ganaraska Trail Public School and Presqu’ile Yacht Club. AEDs enable bystanders to provide life-saving assistance to people experiencing sudden heart problems, until paramedics arrive on-scene.

"AEDs save lives," stated Bill Detlor, Deputy Chief of Quality Assurance and Education for Northumberland Paramedics. "We are very pleased to be equipping these two organizations with such important technology, though we hope they will never have occasion to use it."

After working with the recipients throughout 2013, Northumberland Paramedics identified their need for AEDs. As a volunteer initiative, Paramedics participated in ZOLL Medical Corporation’s EMS/PAD Challenge during the 2013 Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart. ZOLL Medical donates $1000 to each team that participates in this challenge. With this donation and other funds raised, Northumberland Paramedics were able to provide each of today’s recipients with an AED.

"This is an important contribution to the health and safety of the community," said Adam Dawson, Director of Canadian Operations, ZOLL Medical Corporation. "We applaud Northumberland Paramedics for taking the initiative to organize this donation. ZOLL Medical appreciates the opportunity to impact heart health, both by encouraging donations to the Heart and Stroke and supporting heart healthy communities across Canada."

Robert Pellerin, Principal of Ganaraska Trails Public School, spoke to the importance of this donation to his school community. "On April 9, 2013, school custodian Greg Sleep passed away at school from a heart attack. We will be placing this AED in his memory. We are grateful to Northumberland Paramedics and to ZOLL Medical Corporation for helping us to honour Greg’s memory by further improving the safety of our school with this donation."

"The Presqu’ile Yacht Club sincerely appreciates this contribution to the health and safety of our members and the general public that visit our premises," echoed Commodore Tom Willison. "News of this donation has already had an impact on the well being of our membership."

In celebration of Paramedic Services Week 2014, taking place across Canada May 25 to 31, Northumberland Paramedics have made heart health within the community their focus. Funds raised through events planned for Tuesday, May 27, will go towards the team’s participation once again in this year’s Ride for Heart, taking place June 1. Paramedics will again participate in the EMS/PAD challenge, in efforts to raise funds for donation of an AED to another community organization during Paramedic Services Week in 2015. For more information about the fundraising events, visit: www.northumberlandcounty.ca/paramedicweek.

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