One life has been saved thanks to one of six new defibrillators installed in Fort Erie’s municipal buildings.
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A 65 year-old senior hockey player collapsed on the ice at the Fort Erie Leisureplex Tuesday morning. His team mates started CPR and hooked up the man to an AED and saved his life.
“By the time I got there, he had a good pulse and he was breathing,” fire Chief Larry Coplen said.
The Fort Erie Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded for the call of a man who collapsed on the ice at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to hospital and treated.
“The life saving units are worth about $2,500 each,” Coplen said.
The fire chief said these units, which are easy to use, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by 75%.
Although Coplen knew the units would save lives, he didn’t think one of the new units would be used so soon.
He feels it’s important for the public to know how to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency.
“If members of the public can help (by using a defibrillator), the people who require help can increase their survival rates significantly.”
“People are apprehensive about using these units, however, anyone can learn and anyone can be very effective in saving a life just by taking a three-hour course.”