Another public access AED: Comox Valley Emergency Plan
Comox Firefighters donate an AED to Comox Valley Emergency Plan (CVEP), Emergency Operation Centre.
Comox Firefighters have donated another automatic external defibrillator (AED), this time to the Comox Valley Emergency Plan (CVEP), Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) located on Moray Avenue in Courtenay. Chief Gord Schreiner states: “The EOC plays a critical role in any Valley wide emergencies. We have a regular monthly meeting there and conduct exercises a couple times per year at that location. Having attended many of these functions I noted that this place of high importance and high stress should have an AED in it. I brought up the idea to our firefighters and they were quick to fill the request. The funds for this project are generated through our Comox Fire Training Centre where we direct any profits back into the community - a WIN/WIN for everyone”.
CVEP coordinator, Mike Fournier states: “This is a great addition to our Emergency Operations Centre. We hope we never need to use it but it is comforting to know that it is there.”
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike at any time—during work, while at church, or while visiting your local business. Fewer than 10% of SCA victims typically survive, but studies show that 30% to 50% 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.
Comox Fire Rescue knows the value of AEDs as they carry AEDs on most of their emergency vehicles and have donated several more throughout the Valley.
Please contact Comox Fire Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.