40 schools to get defibrillators

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More than 40 schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will receive automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of a Heart and Stroke Foundation program.

Education Minister Clyde Jackman

The announcement today at Queen Elizabeth Regional High in Conception Bay South, was attended by local politicians, as well as representatives from funding partners Vale and the Resource Development Trades Council (RDTC).

“This initiative is an excellent example of how a non-profit agency, community partners such as Vale and the Resource Development Trades Council, and the provincial government can work together to achieve a common goal – to make our schools safe and responsive to the needs of the community it serves," said Education Minister Clyde Jackman.

The minister said the province is excited to be involved in the first phase of this program, and to help facilitate professional development, through the provision of substitute teaching hours, that will provide school staff with training in the use of the defibrillators.

The program builds on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s former "Restart a Heart, Restart a Life" campaign which, with $225,000 in financial support from the provincial government, in addition to corporate sponsorship, has placed about 170 AEDs in sporting arenas and community facilities through Newfoundland and Labrador since 2010.

Mary Ann Butt, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Newfoundland and Labrador, commended government and the corporate partners for their commitment to health and safety in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Terry French, minister of tourism, culture and recreation, said, "Working together with community partners, it is important that we continue to achieve the goals we set for the province in our recreation and sport strategy.”

 AEDs allow non-medical personnel, with appropriate training, to restore heart rhythm and life. The AED uses voice prompts and text messages to tell the rescuer what steps to take, and delivers an electric shock to the heart. In combination with early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), AEDs can increase the rate of survival from cardiac arrest by up to 75 per cent.

 For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s AED program, visit www.heartandstroke.nf.ca



Organizations: Resource Development Trades Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation

Geographic location: Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • I fail
    February 24, 2014 - 23:02

    I fail to see the logic in this. When is the last time we heard of a heart attack in a school. They should be placed where they may be needed, and I don't think school would be at the top of the list.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    February 24, 2014 - 17:22

    And yet another silly, hare-brained mis-direction of scarce tax-payers' dollars by the nitwits at the Dept of Education, right up there with that ridiculous math program they're responsible for. Of the entire population demographic, school-age children are probably the least prone to heart attacks.

  • david
    February 24, 2014 - 13:22

    I'd guess school children having heart attacks has about 1/50,000 the chance of a seniors home catching fire. But government doesn't have the spine to make sprinklers mandatory......just the taxpayer money to help buy defibrillators. And if, what lo the odds, someone eventually does die of a heart attack in a school, get ready for the lawsuit claiming the defibrillator didn't work, or someone wasn't properly trained,. or the thing hadn't been inspected, or....blah blah blah. What a predictable, pathetic, expensive joke. Why can't government do the basic things it MUST do, and quit inventing brand new things to fail at ??

    • Carole
      February 24, 2014 - 14:20

      My, what a ray of sunshine you are today! Judging by your anger, you better have a defibrillator at hand. Either that or move near a school.

    • Marie
      February 24, 2014 - 14:33

      The equipment is being provided to the schools who have children with heart conditions. Doesn't seem very pathetic to me.

    • david
      February 24, 2014 - 14:33

      Sometimes people use pots as kettles. Even trivia can make a post useful.

    • jackie
      February 24, 2014 - 14:50

      You obviously must not have children.