Delta at the Forefront of First Aid, CPR & AED in BC
Apr 29, 2016
Since 2005, Delta's non-Emergency Service staff have been at the forefront of First Aid, CPR, and AED in British Columbia.
For years, as our first responders, Delta Fire & Emergency Services have been trained in advanced CPR and First Aid, including the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). In conjunction to their training, the Corporation of Delta has been training non-Emergency Service staff to use AEDs to assist in emergency situations since 2005, and was the second municipality in the lower mainland to have them in recreation facilities.
The importance of training Delta staff can often be the difference between life or death. Every minute for a patient in cardiac arrest reduces the chance of successful resuscitation by 7 - 10%. Fortunately, with immediate CPR and AED activation, survival rates can double over CPR alone.
In light of Emergency Preparedness Week, it's important to note that Delta recreation centres will become emergency focal points for our communities in the event of a disaster or crisis. Equipped with staff trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED, these sites will play a vital role in helping those affected by an emergency.
Across our five pools, 141 members of Delta's aquatics staff alongside 66 non-aquatics staff have trained to use an AED through Peak Emergency Response Training. Currently, Delta has 16 AEDs throughout our facilities, five of which were donated through the BC Heart and Stroke foundation.
Through this training, Delta strives to provide a safe environment for our public to enjoy.