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Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service partners with Canadian Tire & Boston Pizza

February 12, 2016 - LINDSAY – The Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service has partnered with Canadian Tire and Boston Pizza owner John Fox to make automatic external defibrillators ready and available to staff and the public in the event of a cardiac event.

“This is a first for Lindsay and we are so pleased to be able to launch this partnership and initiative with John Fox, Canadian Tire and Boston Pizza,” said Paramedic Service Deputy Chief Derek Brown.

As part of the initiative, the City’s Paramedic Service is assisting both Canadian Tire and Boston Pizza in setting up their public access defibrillation program. Boston Pizza continues to be a major sponsor for the annual “Paramedics In The Park” community education day.

“This is a great partnership and an important initiative with the Paramedic Service,” said Mr. Fox. “As strong community supporters, our AED program will benefit not only our customers, patrons and the broader community, but also our staff and assist the Paramedic Service with furthering their reach and training.”

For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 7% to 10%, so having an AED close at hand is imperative. Research indicates that defibrillation, when used in conjunction with CPR in the first few minutes can dramatically improve cardiac arrest survival rates by more than 75%.

“When a person is experiencing a cardiac event, seconds count,” said Mr. Brown. “We have realized tremendous positive results having the AEDs in our City facilities. This partnership now allows us to expand the live saving potential of the AEDs having them in these new retail locations.”


For more information, please contact:

Derek Brown
Deputy Chief Paramedic Service
705-324-9411 Ext. 3311

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