SARNIA, Ontario( December 6, 2016) -- On November 1st Enbridge made a donation of $1,200 to the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) for the purchase of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) which has been installed in the main foyer in front of the SLEP office, an office shared with organizations including the March of Dimes.
The idea came from SLEP employees having an informal health and safety discussion about the success rates of PADs.
"Provincial research tells us that when a person is unconscious and not breathing outside of a hospital, their survival rate is between 5 and 7 per cent," says Jon Cann, Supervisor EMS Operations with the County of Lambton. "Locally, we've found that number increases to 40 per cent when a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is used along with CPR."
Since partnering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in 2000, the County of Lambton EMS Department has installed over 100 Public Access Defibrillators at locations across Lambton County. Funds to purchase PADs are raised through participating organizations, with the County's EMS Department providing free training, quality assurance, and preventative maintenance on the devices. PADs are able to deliver a life-saving shock within minutes of someone suffering cardiac arrest. Using a PAD is as simple as pushing the "on" button, and following the device's instructions.
“Safety will always be our number one priority,” said Jeff Paetz, senior director of operations in eastern region. “Ensuring the safety of communities and the environment is our most important duty – and everything we do is based on this foundation. We have two AED units at our eastern region office and two at our tank facility on Plank Road. With so many people visiting the Research Park each day we believe this modest investment could have priceless value if it is ever needed,” he added.
Since the donation from Enbridge, and the installation of the PAD, staff from each organization within the building have received training on the use of the PAD from Jon Cann.
SLEP encourages other businesses and organizations to contact Jon Cann at the County of Lambton to learn how they can purchase and receive free training on a PAD.
About the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership:
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is a one-stop shop for economic development services whose mission is to promote the distinctive advantages that Sarnia-Lambton has to offer to companies and residents. By coordinating community-based economic development initiatives and working to maintain a commercially attractive environment, we foster new business creation as well as help ensure that established firms remain and grow here in our region.
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership is a private/public sector, community-based partnership that works to continually increase the economic activity in the County of Lambton. We have local business leaders, educational institutions and municipal governments collaborating with one another, allowing Sarnia-Lambton to benefit from coordinated economic development initiatives.
About Enbridge Inc.:
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