Saturday morning, Howe Island Fire and Rescue HIFR) hosted a CPR-AED event offered by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in their new firehall.
The session was led by Jeff Burgess and Alison Shorey (shown in photo) who are full time paramedics with the County of Frontenac Paramedic Services. Jeff and Alison are shown with the new ‘Mini Anne’ CPR Learning Manikin. Attendees were shown the latest CPR techniques, and had the opportunity to practice using their own manikin. Kits containing the manikin, CPR-AED student book and DVD were provided free for each attendee by the Foundation.
This was a timely event because every year we hear of a few unfortunate people who fall victim to heart attacks from shoveling snow or other strenuous activities. The goal of this program is to increase the chances of someone who knows CPR to be nearby to assist a victim in the critical first 5 minutes following a heart attack until emergency crews arrive with AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators). HIFR and the County Paramedic Services are both equipped with AED’s and personnel trained in their use. They can be easily contacted by dialing 911 in an emergency.”