Pictou County arenas receive defibrillators

Published on June 30, 2014
Colin Dorrington of Westville Miner's Sports Centre Ice Skating Rink, left, Central Nova MP Peter MacKay and Darryl Marcott of Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre stand with a recently installed Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at the rink. 

Central Nova MP Peter MacKay announced today that three Pictou County Arenas will now be equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), thanks to a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).

Thanks to this 4-year, $10 million nation-wide program, AEDs will be installed at the Pictou County Wellness Centre; the Westville Minor Sports Centre; and the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre. This is in addition to the thousands of other AEDs being installed in recreational arenas across the country.

Defibrillators are electronic devices used to restart a person’s heart that has stopped beating. They are safe, easy-to-use, and while they can be operated effectively by the public, training equips people with the knowledge and skills to confidently use these devices and to deliver quick CPR.