Heroes Wanted!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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-

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