Safety is getting a helping hand at the Comox Community Centre. They’ve just received a new defibrillator that will be publicly accessible for emergency situations.
Donated by the Comox Firefighters Association, the unit will replace an older model from inside the centre. It’s part of the Association’s plan to add three or four defibrillators to the community every year.
According to the Association, a publicly accessible defibrillator costs a total of $2,000.
Along with the new defibrillator, firefighters will be giving both resuscitation and defibrillator training for free, time and place to be announced at a later date.
Town of Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner says it’s great to see more and more of these units becoming available for the community to use.
“I am proud of our firefighters for their ongoing support of this important project, and we have now assisted with placing over sixty AEDs in our area,” says Schreiner.
The donation comes following recent studies showing that 30 to 50 per cent of sudden cardiac arrest victims would likely survive if CPR and defibrillators were used within five minutes of collapse.