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Councillor Wants AED On Soccer Field

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton Councillor wants to equip new Walkerton Soccer Fields with an AED.

A Brockton Councillor wants the municipality to equip the new Walkerton Soccer Fields with an Automated External Defibrillator.

Steve Adams says a recent medical emergency on the soccer fields prompted him to raise the AED issue.

Adams says a lot of people visit the soccer fields and with the hot humid weather here, he says an AED on site could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

The challenge however is finding a place to safely house an AED as there are no buildings on site of the soccer fields at this time.

Council has asked the Recreation Department to investigate the possibility of locating an AED on site which would be readily accessible in the event of an emergency.

Adams notes it is common practice to have AEDs in arenas and other sports venues, so having one on site at the soccer fields makes good sense.

He adds research shows that when it comes to a cardiac emergency time is of the essence.

Adams says an individual’s chance of survival decreases by up to 10 per cent for every minute there isn't defibrillation.

The closest AED to the Soccer Fields would be the OPP office.

Recreation Staff will investigate the possibility of locating an AED on the Walkerton Soccer Fields and will bring back a report to Brockton Council.

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