More funding for defibrillator access will help save lives

The government of British Columbia is investing an additional $1 million in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation

  • May. 27, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The government of British  Columbia is investing an additional $1 million in partnership with the Heart  and Stroke Foundation to expand the Public Access to Defibrillation program  and help save lives.

The additional funding will support the placement of more automated external defibrillators (AEDs), for a total of up to 750 AEDs in a variety of public  venues throughout B.C., including community centres, arenas, recreation  centres, playing fields, libraries and sports centres.

The Ministry of Health and the Heart and Stroke Foundation originally each contributed $1 million to the program. The program officially launched in  February 2013. The foundation will be fundraising to match the Province’s  $1-million contribution, for a total of $4 million supporting the program.

The program will donate one or more automated external defibrillators to  every municipality in British Columbia, depending on population size.

Currently, 175 AEDs have been placed in 82 communities throughout the  province.

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Princeton RCMP sergeant kills cougar threatening residential neighborhood

An RCMP officer shot and killed a cougar, close to a residential… Continue reading

Pilot project approved: Penticton to allow alcohol in outdoor spaces

For almost two hours, council debated the proposed pilot project, before eventually passing it 4-2

Osoyoos Desert Centre prepares for reopening

The 67-acre nature interpretive facility opens June 6

How to safely drink water in areas impacted by flooding

Quality and safety of drinking water can be affected during and after floods

Curbside reads available as Okanagan libraries reopen

Okanagan Regional Library reopened June 2 in phased approach

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Drugs, machete found in truck with stolen plate driven by Salmon Arm man

Chase RCMP arrest driver and have vehicle towed

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Top cop calls video of Kelowna Mountie striking suspect ‘concerning’

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

HERGOTT: Can you get money back if COVID-19 disrupts plans?

Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

Bateman program encourages people to sketch outside, connect with nature

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

Most Read