Ontario’s Bracebridge saw technical installation working on Kelvin Grove Park, putting up a new station, one designed with the aim of saving lives.
The new installation, dubbed Save Station, is a six-foot-tall cabinet which contains an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which can be used in case someone nearby is suffering from a heart attack. AED units are common sights in arenas, school, as well as government buildings, but few are found in more public locations, unlike the unit provided by Action First Aid. The town government and Moose 99.5 FM are supporting and sponsoring the project.
Carly Jackson, an AED Specialist in Action First Aid, said that the idea behind the Save Station is to make AEDs more accessible. She says that Action thought about how they’d make AEDs accessible to the public, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all-year round, and decided that that meant that the AEDs had to be put outdoors.
Action First Aid says that a large percentage of heart attack incidents occur when most buildings are closed, which means that access to AEDs are limited.
Jackson explains, saying that, years ago, it became standard for municipalities got technical installation in to put AEDs in their buildings, but, unfortunately, about 60% of cardiac arrests occur past 5:00pm, after the buildings have been closed and people no longer have access to them.
She says that having an AED installed in a public space will be both useful, and informative, noting that the Save Station would promote education and awareness. Instead of people just going past white AED cabinets in public places, these cabinets, Jackson says, are visible and attention grabbing.
Action First Aid and Jackson have gone on record saying that they hope to see more Save Stations in public areas, because they believe that these will save lives. Jackson elaborated, saying that, if they get the stations everywhere, a person could grab the AED for someone then get back to someone who needs it, which will increase their chances of survival drastically.
The cabinets are electronically monitored, with a photo being taken every time its accessed, and even allows for remotely texting local emergency operators or EMS stations. As for security, the items have minimal resale value, and are tracked with a serial number.