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News release: January 24, 2024

Councillors to take part in CPR and AED training during Regional Council meeting

BRAMPTON, ON (January 24, 2024) – Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 25, councillors will take part in a CPR and AED (Automated external defibrillator) training session during Regional Council. The training session will be delivered by Peel Regional Paramedic Services in anticipation of Heart Month in February.

1800 people experience cardiac arrest in Peel Region each year. The chance of survival increases significantly if the person receives bystander CPR within 60 seconds of collapsing.

So far this month, two people in Peel Region have received a second chance at life because of bystander CPR, underscoring the importance of everyone learning this life-saving skill.

To further promote bystander CPR, Peel Regional Paramedic Services has placed hundreds of AEDs in public places, together with the GTAA, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. It is also participating in a Volunteer Community Responder pilot project with Sunnybrook Hospital to see if crowdsourcing CPR can save more lives in Peel. With more than 200 citizen volunteers, the pilot project has helped 20 people receive life-saving care.

Peel paramedics respond to more than 2000 cardiac arrests each year. If a bystander can start CPR and use an AED in the crucial minutes before paramedics arrive, the chances of survival can double.I encourage everyone to learn hands-only CPR and how to use an AED. Whether you’re a councillor or a resident of any age and background, you can learn the skills to save a life.

Paramedic Chief (A) Brian Gibson

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Media contact

Monica Misra-Lui
Communications Specialist,
Peel Regional Paramedic Services
Peel Region

About Peel Region

In 2024, Peel Region marks its 50th anniversary. 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 Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information explore and follow us on X @regionofpeel and Instagram

On December 13, 2023, the Ontario government announced that Peel Region will not be dissolved, and that Bill 112 legislation will be updated to reflect service delivery in Peel. Services for residents and businesses will continue without interruption. For updates and more information, visit Peel's transition page.