Virden, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced today that the Virden Curling Club is now equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
"Our Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians while encouraging active and healthy lifestyles," Maguire said. "We are well on our way to ensuring all recreational arenas across Canada are equipped with these life-saving devices."
Defibrillators are electronic devices used to restart a person's heart that has stopped beating. They are safe, easy-to-use, and while they can be operated effectively by the public, training equips people with the knowledge and skills to confidently use these devices and to deliver quick CPR.
Jay Kinnaird said, "On behalf of the Virden Curling Club, I'd like to thank our MP, Mr. Larry Maguire, the Federal Government, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation for providing our club with a defibrillator. This AED gives the users of all ages, club members, and staff the peace of mind that we are prepared in the event of a heart related emergency. These devices have been proven to save lives. With any luck, we'll never have to use it but we will be ready!"
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, access to early CPR and defibrillation could potentially save the lives of thousands of Canadian adults and children every year. Through this initiative, close to 2,000 AEDs will be placed across the country and over 20,000 people will be trained in how to use them.
The Government of Canada will also provide support to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to develop a national database that will track AEDs installed in recreational facilities. The database is intended to provide local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with valuable information regarding the availability of AEDs located in their jurisdictions.