February 8 , 2007-
United Donates AED to the Lewiston Recreation & Parks Department
In continuing with the AED Donation Program, United Ambulance Service has donated an Automated External Defibrillator or AED to the Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. The new AED, a Medtronic LIFEPAK Express Defibrillator is a state of the art device that should be accessed quickly in the event of a cardiac arrest. The use of the device in conjunction with adequate CPR may assist in the resuscitation of an arrest victim.
The Recreation & Parks Department’s AED will be stored at the Lewiston Multi-Purpose Center. The facility was chosen due to high visitor occupancy rates. Each day the building is utilized by various community based groups for a variety of programs. In addition, The Longley School, Adult Education and several other non-profits occupy the building during the school year. In the evenings, the facility is also home to many athletic programs sponsored by the Department.
The new AED will be stored with other first aid supplies located within the building. The Multi-Purpose Center has a minimum of one city employee working at the center at all times when the facility is open to the public.
Over the past few weeks Recreation and Parks Department employees have been participating in the CPR training and certification process. This training was provided by United Ambulance Service and certifies each participant in American Heart Association CPR and AED usage. “Many of the Rec. Department employees are trained at this time, however, it is our hope to train additional city employees.” replied, Grace Gendron, United’s Interim Education Coordinator.
Lewiston Recreation and Parks Dept. and United Employees
Pictured from Left to Right:
Ted Poliquin, Paul Tremblay, Marc Lavalliere, Paul Gosselin, UAS Ex. Director; Claudette Jordan, Megan Bates, Paul Emond, Terry Lowell,
Back row: Dan Ouellette and Brad Gilbert, UAS Project Coordinator.