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Friday January 23rd, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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The Town of Essex is offering free training on the use of automated external defibrillators.

The town has several defibrillators including one each at Town Hall, the Essex Recreation Complex, the Essex Community Centre and the McGregor Community Centre, three at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, and five at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

A defibrillator is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest, one of the leading causes of death in Canada. AEDs are user-friendly machines that can be operated by people with no medical background, but advance training on their use can be beneficial to everyone. The average response time for first responders once 9-1-1 is called is 8 to 12 minutes. The chance of survival is reduced by about 10 percent for each minute defibrillation is delayed. Essex says over 350,000 Canadians will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year.

This training is free and will last for two-and-a-half hours. There are only 40 spots that will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

The training will take place on Thursday, January 29th from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

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