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News release: October 30, 2023

This CPR Month, Peel Regional Paramedic Services encourages you to act to save a life

BRAMPTON, ON (October 30, 2023) - Every 10 days, someone in Peel region uses a registered AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to help a cardiac arrest victim. Around 70% of the time, the victim survives.

This high survival rate is exactly what Peel Regional Paramedic Services envisioned when it started its Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program 9 years ago. Since 2014, it has been placing hundreds of life-saving devices in public places, in partnership with Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, and encouraging people to use them.

An AED can restart a heart of a person in cardiac arrest. It’s safe and easy to use, even with little or no training.

Peel Regional Paramedic Services has also added hundreds of publicly- and privately-owned AEDs to Peel Region's AED registry. Once registered, the AED becomes part of the Medical Priority Dispatch System and visible to Ambulance Communications Officers (ACO). When someone calls 911 in a cardiac emergency, the ACO can locate the closest AED, and tell the caller how to access and use it before paramedics arrive.

When someone provides CPR and uses an AED in the crucial seconds after someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of survival dramatically increases.

This CPR Month, Peel Regional Paramedic Services encourages all residents to learn CPR and how to use an AED so Peel region can remain one of the safest places to live. It also requests all businesses and other AED-owners, such as private schools and places of worship, to register their AED on Peel Region's website.

Peel paramedics respond to more than 1500 cardiac arrests each year. If a bystander can quickly access an AED and use it in combination with CPR in the crucial minutes before paramedics arrive, the chances of survival can double. I encourage all businesses to register their AED with Peel Regional Paramedic Service's PAD registry, and all residents to be prepared to use one. Together, we can save more lives in Peel region.

Paramedic Chief (A) Brian Gibson

Additional information

For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services' PAD program, visit https://peelregion.ca/paramedics/defibrillator-program/create/ or email PADProgram@peelregion.ca

Media contact

Monica Misra-Lui
Communications Specialist
Peel Region

About Peel's transition

The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.

To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.

During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.

About Peel Region

Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.