Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) will soon be available at every GECDSB secondary school, the Board Administration Building, Mason Adult Learning Centre and the Facility Services Department.
The Board has accepted a generous donation of 17 of these life-saving devices from the Bruno Cremasco Memorial Sponsorship and Second Chance CPR. A pilot project will be initiated (Oct. - May) at 4 sites that will inform the development of the Board's policy and administrative procedures for placement, maintenance and training for the units.
Bruno Cremasco died from a heart attack and his son, Frank (pictured, far left), responded with a campaign that has raised funds to purchanse 36 AEDs for public areas. The survival rate for victims of heart attacks in public areas is 10%. The odds are twice as good when a portable defibrillator is available. Each unit costs approximately $2000.
Initially, AEDs will be installed at Tecumseh Vista Academy, Westview Freedom Academy, the Board Administrative Office and the Facility Services Department.