Comox Fire Rescue firefighter Jessica James presents David Duncan, part of the leadership team at St. Peter’s, with an automatic external defibrillator for the church. Photo supplied.

Comox Fire Rescue firefighter Jessica James presents David Duncan, part of the leadership team at St. Peter’s, with an automatic external defibrillator for the church. Photo supplied.

St. Peter’s Church the latest addition to the Comox Fire Rescue AED program

St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox (218 Church St.) has collaborated with the Comox Firefighters Association to add an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in Corker Hall.

“It is great to see organizations like this assisting us in our efforts to have AEDs available all over Comox,” said Comox Fire Rescue chief, Gord Schreiner. “I am also very proud of our firefighters for their support of this important project. We now have almost 50 AEDs located in Comox.”

Schreiner’s long term goal is to have an AED available in almost every business and public building in Comox. Public access AEDS are very simple to use, maintain and can save lives.

A public access AED costs approximately $2,000. The Comox firefighters have been co-sponsoring the AEDs with local Comox groups and businesses who agree to donate half of this amount ($1,000). The Comox firefighters cover the remaining cost. They also provide both CPR and AED training to the businesses’ staff.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike at any time—during work, while at church, or while visiting your local business. Fewer than 10 per cent of SCA victims typically survive, but studies show that 30-50 per cent would likely survive if CPR and AEDs were used within five minutes of collapse. Communities across the country are responding by implementing public access defibrillation programs. Public access defibrillation programs include both access to AEDS and training.

Contact Comox Fire Rescue at firehall@comox.ca for more information on the program.

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