With today’s knowledge and technology, it has never been easier to save someone’s life. Just a decade ago, it took at least several hours to learn the somewhat complicated procedure of administering CPR on someone, but that has all changed. With new technology, such as the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED), and new techniques, like simple chest compressions instead of mouth-tomouth resuscitation, it is now possible to learn how to save a life in less than 30 minutes!
This Saturday, May 25th, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Pat Burns Arena, members of Ambulance Stanstead, along with the Estrie region’s Regional Medical Director of pre-hospital emergency services, Dr. Wayne Smith, are hoping to teach at least three hundred people, both adults and children, how to help someone who is choking, how and when to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to use an automated exter- nal defibrillator (AED). What’s more, the training will be absolutely free!
Mainly because Stanstead is such a small, isolated community, located many kilometres from the nearest hospital, Ambulance Stanstead and the local community has been very proactive when it comes to health emergency training. Ambulance Stanstead was the first ambulance service in the Eastern Townships, almost two years ago, to buy and install defibrillators (AEDs) to be available to its population in case of need on its territory (Stanstead, StansteadEast, Ogden, Fitch-Bay and Georgeville).
The Hero in 30 training is part of a bigger event that has been planned: Stanstead’s first Health and Safety exhibition. This free event, which hopes to attract people from all over the region with not only crucial health and safety information but also great door prizes like an Ipad mini and inflatable games and activities for the young ones, will feature many information kiosks.
“The Stanstead Fire Department will be there to talk about our First Responders program, fire prevention, and we’ll have our First Responder vehicle on display,” said fire chief Chris Goodsell. The fire department will be giving away smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in a drawing. The Sureté du Quebec’s community officer, Sgt. Patrice Gregoire, will also have an information kiosk and will be filling out child identification booklets and reviewing child safety tips with parents. “The Centre Communication Estrie, or 911 dispatchers will be there to explain their service,” said Marise Trepanier, one of the organizers.
The local Familiprix pharmacy will run a free blood pressure clinic and will collect old medication from people to be disposed of properly. Townshippers’ Association will be there to talk about their services, along with the CAB RH Rediker, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi, the Table des Ainees de la MRC Memphremagog, the CSSS Memphremagog, the Pre-Retour program, and the Fondation Pensez d’Abord, the head injury prevention service. “Our building inspector will be there to talk about swim-