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Public Access Defibrillator Program

Background

Each year, members of the Northumberland Paramedics participate in the Becel Heart and Stroke "Ride for Heart". Funds raised by the team go to support resuscitation programs in our community. Our paramedics want to contribute their time to help make Northumberland County one of the most "Heart Safe" communities in the province.

AEDs in the Community

Cardiac science supports public access defibrillation (PAD) programs that place automatic external defibrillators (AED's) throughout communities. With public CPR training and more AEDs in the community, everyday citizens become part of the emergency response system, increasing the likelihood that first responders can save a life. Eligible not-for-profit groups can apply to establish a PAD program on their premises that is accessible and saves lives.

Northumberland Paramedics PAD Program

As a volunteer initiative, a team from Northumberland Paramedics participates annually in ZOLL Medical Corporation's EMS/PAD Challenge during the Becel Heart and Stroke 'Ride for Heart'. ZOLL Medical donates $1000 to each community team that participates in this challenge. With this donation and other funds raised, Northumberland Paramedics is able to purchase AEDs for donation to not-for-profit organizations in the community.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations interested in applying to the Northumberland Paramedics PAD Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be not-for-profit
  • Must have a focus on sport or physical activity
  • Must operate within the boundaries of Northumberland County

In the event that the number of applications fulfilling all criteria exceeds the number of AEDs available for donation, Northumberland Paramedics will do a draw from the pool of eligible organizations.

The Life-Saving Importance of AEDs

Here are some of the reasons why more and more communities are investing in AEDs and making early defibrillation a part of their emergency response plans:

  • Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent
  • Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent
  • Chances of successful defibrillation decrease by 10 percent with every minute that passes in a cardiac arrest

How to Apply

Applications to the Northumberland Paramedics PAD program must be received by June 30, annually. Northumberland Paramedics will notify successful applicants before September 30.

To apply, please complete the application form below and submit it in person, by mail, email or fax to:

Northumberland Paramedics
Attention: Community Application for AED
600 William Street Suite 300
Cobourg, ON K9A 3A5
Tel: 905-372-3329 or 1-800-354-7050 ext. 6423
Fax: 905-373-8567

Or by email: paramedics@northumberlandcounty.ca

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Application Form for Public Access Defibrillator Program

 

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