CSL Council challenges other city councils to become Heroes in Thirty

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Councillors Ruth Kovac and Glenn J. Nashen practice CPR and revive a “victim” using an AED

A new program for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) called the Hero in thirty Program is a simplified version of the traditional courses teaching CPR techniques that help save lives. It aims to facilitate learning and how to react quickly in an emergency situation. During the course, individuals will learn how to recognize signs of complete obstruction of the respiratory tract and cardiac arrest and prepare them to act quickly until help arrives. The Hero in thirty program represents a life-saving initiative that is accessible and affordable to all.

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Councillor Dida Berku and Mayor Anthony Housefather assist Councillor Sam Goldbloom in saving a ‘life’ with CPR and AED

Don’t forget: a cardiac arrest or a choking incident can happen at any time. You could save a loved one or a friend. Are you ready to react and become a hero for life? Regular CPR training is offered right here in Cote Saint-Luc at the Recreation department. Call 514-485-6800 or visit online.

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CSL City Council gets trained in CPR in the new Hero in Thirty program

Hero in Thirty classes, organized by Jordy Reichson, CSL Public Safety Director, will be offered in large group settings in the city. Look for the next one at a city event this summer.


New Red Cross app helps users provide life-saving first aid


Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they have been in an emergency situation where they have had to perform first aid, but few believe they could help someone suffering a heart attack. November is CPR Month, an annual campaign to promote the importance of CPR as a life-saving skill. The Red Cross urges Canadians to take a course and download the free First Aid App to keep their life-saving skills up to date.

“Downloading the free Canadian Red Cross First Aid App puts critical knowledge in your hands, and helps Canadians provide life-saving assistance any time, any where,” says the Red Cross.

Available for Apple and Android mobile devices, the app helps users maintain their first aid skills and respond to everyday emergencies. Users get instant access to videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice to help them maintain their life-saving skills and respond when needed.

Approximately one in 10 deaths in Canada directly results from a heart attack. In large urban centres, the average ambulance response time is more than eight minutes, but permanent brain damage is likely to occur within four to six minutes after a person stops breathing.

CPR, when used with an AED and started immediately after a heart attack, can double a person’s chance of surviving.”

Red Cross CPR courses teach important life-saving skills, including how to recognize signs of breathing and circulation emergencies, and how to call for help, perform CPR, and use an AED.

The Canadian Red Cross is a leading provider of first aid and CPR programs and has been offering first aid and CPR training to Canadians for more than 50 years. For more information, or to find a course near you, visit redcross.ca/firstaid.

The City of Cote Saint-Luc offers monthly CPR Heartsaver training including instructions on how to use an AED and how to perform infant CPR. AEDs are located in most public buildings in Cote Saint-Luc as well as on vCOP and Public Security vans.

Learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in case of cardiac arrest for both adult, child, and infant victims. Also learn the Heimlich Maneuver, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The course cost includes the certification card. Please arrive in comfortable clothes ready to practice and kneel on the floor.

Info: 514-485-6806, recreation@cotesaintluc.org.

$45 (Resident)

$56.25 (Non-resident)

$36 (Senior resident)

$45 (Senior non-resident)

SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross, City of Cote Saint-Luc

CSL above and beyond with public access AED

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Automated defibrillator

Automated defibrillator

Did you know that Cote Saint-Luc has long been a leader in public health and safety initiatives since the 1960s?  Our emergency preparedness philosophy is entrenched within our administration and has been put into practice by hundreds of resident volunteers throughout the years. I’m proud to have been involved in shaping Cote Saint-Luc’s public safety culture since getting involved more than 30 years ago.

We were among the first communities to purchase automated external defibrillators and we now have a total of 19 public AEDs in the city and 4 higher-end EMS machines.

AEDs are located at the following sites:

  • City Hall (1st floor at main entrance)
  • Library (1st floor at main entrance)
  • Public Works (hallway near employee entrance)
  • Parks and Recreation (near outdoor pool desk)
  • Gymnasium (behind service desk)
  • ACC (1st floor, 2nd floor and basement to the left of the elevators and in lifeguard room)
  • Arena (near pro shop door)
  • Tennis Club (seasonal, main floor near manager’s office)
  • Rabin Park wading pool (seasonal, in lifeguard office)
  • EMS (1st floor near stairs to basement)
  • In all Public Security vans (3)
  • In all vCOP vans (4) More

Early bystander CPR helps save a life in CSL

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The stars were clearly aligned on June 28th for a 46 year old man who went into sudden cardiac arrest at his home in Cote Saint-Luc.

Bystander CPR was started by someone on scene. The CSL EMS crew of Samantha and Adam arrived alongside two police officers from Station 9. The two police officers ran upstairs to take over compressions while the EMS crew established an airway and provided ventilations, as no shock was advised on the monitor.

Urgences-santé showed up shortly thereafter and by the time the patient was loaded into the ambulance, he had regained a spontaneous pulse and respirations.

Great teamwork between the emergency services and a focus on the patient clearly made the difference.

Thanks and congratulations to Cote Saint-Luc’s finest police officers, EMS volunteers and the ambulance technicians.  Everyone involved in this intervention performed to the best of their abilities resulting in a life saved.  You are all to be congratulated for excellent work.


Ready to learn in a Cote Saint-Luc CPR Heartsaver AED class?  They are offered to the public each month.  The dates of the next few CPR courses being offered are:

Monday July 9th 2012

Thursday August 9th 2012

Monday September 17th 2012

Thursday October 11th 2012

Monday November 12th 2012

Thursday December 6th 2012

Monday January 14th 2013

The Heartsaver CPR/AED classes can have up to 12 participants per class.

For more information on CPR courses please contact the Cote Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at www.cotesaintluc.org or by phone at 514-485-6806.

CPR saves lives. Learn it.

Have you learned CPR?

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The next CPR Heartsaver AED Course takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Cote Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Building, 7500 Mackle Road.

For cost and registration information, call 514-485- 6806, ext. 2231.

This is a crucial, learning experience that I believe should be mandatory for every student in Quebec.  It takes such a short period of time to be trained and this knowledge can easily be put to use to save a life.

I have personally done CPR about 125 times as a result of so many years of service with Urgences Santé and CSL Emergency Medical Services.  It was indeed frightening the very first time but knowing that you have the capacity to save a life is extraordinarily empowering.  Indeed, through my years of emergency medical work I have saved some lives (about one in four were successfully resuscitated).  The satisfaction derived from these acts is unimaginable.

You probably will never use your training in CPR, ever.  But, why risk being unable to help?  It may be for your own family member or a friend or neighbour.

Do yourself, and those close to you an enormous favour.  Go get trained in CPR.

Glenn J. Nashen paracticing on Resusi-Annie

Bystanders obligated to help heart victims

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Bystanders obligated to help heart victims: ER docs – CTV News.


I have long advocated for mass education in CPR.  Here, in Cote Saint-Luc, we have taught thousands of residents over the years how to perform this easy-to-learn lifesaving technique.  I agree completely with these ER doctors who call for mandatory teaching of CPR at every high school in Canada.  Click these links to see the news item.

Every EMSB school to get a defibrillator

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Every EMSB school to get a defibrillator (Montreal Gazette)

In my opinion:  The EMSB is doing the right thing by making emergency medical care readily accessible in all of its facilities.  But they can do much more by ensuring that every one of its students is trained in simple-to-learn CPR.  Each and every one of them is capable of saving a life, inside and outside of their school.

My letter to the editor of the Gazette

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