February 18 2015

Rosemère marks Heart Month with the installation of a defibrillator

The mayor of Rosemère announced the installation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the Memorial Community Centre. This good news was also a nod to Heart Month, unfolding nationwide throughout February. 

Several firefighting and police vehicles as well as the arena, the Centre multisports, and Externat Sacré-Coeur are already equipped with a portable AED. As for municipal buildings owned by the Town of Rosemère, an AED at the Sylvie Bernier municipal pool was moved to the library at the end of summer. 

In the event of heart failure, an AED quickly analyzes cardiac activity and responds immediately, thereby increasing the probability of reanimation and the victim’s chances of survival. It goes without saying that only individuals trained in its operation can use this device. 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation reminds us that most heart attacks occur either at home or in public areas. In addition, using an AED within 6 minutes following a heart attack increases the chances of survival by 70%. Each minutes following the first 6 reduces survival rates by 10% to 12% per minute. 

"The installation of this AED at the Memorial Community Centre, which welcomes 100 to 500 visitors daily, was required given that most of its clientele is over 35 years of age. We were able to acquire this AED thanks to collaboration between the Government of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The Town of Rosemère wishes to thank the government and the foundation for their support, which will help strengthen our residents’ feeling of security,” concluded Mayor Madeleine Leduc.

It may be recalled that, in April 2012, the Government of Canada announced its commitment to saving lives by increasing access to AEDs in arenas and recreation centres throughout Canada. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is central to this initiative, which represents the largest financial application process for AEDs in Canadian history. 

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Michel Girouard
Director of Communications
Tel.: 450 621-3500, ext. 1243
Email: mgirouard@ville.rosemere.qc.ca

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