Montreal’s emergency services prepare for major disaster

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Montreal’s major emergency responders collaborated in 2012 to test their reaction and training to deal with disaster.  This effort, coordinated by the regional health board, highlights the response by ambulance and hospital, primarily, in dealing with a large number of injured and sick patients.

Being Emergency Preparedness Week I figured it’s a good time to be reminded of the preparation that’s underway to safeguard Montrealers.

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

Côte Saint-Luc adds new limits to smoking in public places

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Côte Saint-Luc, February 14, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc adopted a by-law on February 13 to update prohibitions on smoking in public places, continuing the city’s long-time leadership on this health and safety issue.

By-law 2374 entitled By-law to Regulate Smoking in the City of Côte Saint-Luc replaces by-law 2202. Côte Saint-Luc first adopted a by-law prohibiting smoking in April 1985, with updates in June 1997 and March 1999. The Quebec government enacted the Tobacco Act in June 1998, which set out a series of measures aimed at restricting tobacco access, promotion, and use.

“Côte Saint-Luc has always been a leader among municipalities in the area of health and safety,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We decided to broaden the provisions of our existing by-law to add additional locations where smoking was prohibited and this is consistent with actions beginning to be taken by municipalities outside of Quebec.”

The new Côte Saint-Luc by-law adds additional prohibitions against smoking (1) within 20 meters of any playground, splash pool, or sports activity, (2) in all municipal parks during a special event, and (3) at all municipal outdoor pools. A copy of the by-law is available at CoteSaintLuc.org.

“Basically, what this new by-law does is take the rules against smoking one step further,” Councillor Steven Erdelyi said. “Smoking in a public place, even outdoors, is a nuisance for all those close to the smoker. Our new by-law recognizes this and makes it possible for people to better enjoy the outdoors, whether at a child’s soccer game or at large public events like a winter carnival activity.”

The fine for contravening the by-law starts at $50 for a first offence. 

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

New CPR rules say skip mouth-to-mouth

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New CPR rules say skip mouth-to-mouth (M0ntreal Gazette)

Major changes in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) were announced that will radically change this 50-year-old life saving technique and make it far more accessible to bystanders.

Glenn J. Nashen paracticing on Resusi-Annie in 2010 refresher class at CSL Parks & Recreation Department

Old medics meet new

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The first EMO – EMS Reunion BBQ took place last weekend at headquarters at 8100 Cote Saint-Luc Road. This was a rewarding opportunity to bring together today’s EMS (Emergency Medical Services) volunteer medics (1990s to now) and yesterday’s EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) rescue-medical volunteers from the 70s and 80s.  

  

Hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers have passed through the doors at 8100 since its inception in 1964 and have served countless numbers of Cote Saint-Lucers through the decades, saving a great number of lives and easing the suffering of the sick and injured.  

Glenn J. Nashen on duty with Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Measures Organization, 1981

 

A new EMS flag was unveiled and now hangs proudly on the headquarters.  Several members were dressed in the old blue or brown uniform jumpsuits of the 80s and early 90s and the newly created Director’s Award was presented to those who have volunteered the most hours in a given year.  

L-R: Brian Payne, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Cllr. Ruth Kovac, Andrew Lamb, Norm Adler, Director Jordy Reichson

Also in attendance were past directors Brian Payne, Norm Adler and Rick Liebmann.   

 
A proud alumni of EMO Auxiliary Security from the 80s, Erwin Luden, attended with his son Brandon, now an EMS medic trainee as well as an emergency dispatcher.  Younger brother Jordan looked on in anticipation of also joining EMS in a few more years.
Several former and present Urgences Santé ambulance technicians who used to volunteer at EMO were present including Mike Diorio, Danny Raie, Barney Wexler, Gary Silver, Robbie Sager, Patti-Beth Liebman and Ron Journeau.
Alumni members were invited to renew their participation in EMS in any way possible, whether as a medic, mentor, trainer, fundraiser or recruiter.  All assistance is welcome.
 
View photos on Michael Glazer’s Facebook page
 
EMO – EMS Alumni Association on Facebook
 
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First ever Côte Saint-Luc EMS alumni reunion on Sunday

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First ever Côte Saint-Luc EMS alumni reunion on Sunday
Côte Saint-Luc, August 23, 2010 – The first ever Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services alumni reunion will take place on Sunday, August 29 from 6pm to 9pm at the Public Safety Station, 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Anyone who has ever volunteered or worked at EMS or its forerunner, EMO (Emergency Measures Organization), is invited to attend. Anyone with old photos is encouraged to e-mail them to ems@cotesaintluc.org for use in a slideshow at the event.

“Hundreds if not thousands of people have passed through EMS and EMO since 1964,” said Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Many have gone on to fields of medicine and nursing. The alumni event is a great opportunity to get people reconnected, see how far EMS has come and explore opportunities to get involved again.”

People can RSVP by calling 514-485-6800 ext. 5106 or at the “CSL EMO – EMS Alumni Reunion & BBQ” Facebook event page. To find the page, search for the event name at Facebook.com.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is an all-volunteer service that provides emergency response services and first-aid training to residents of Côte Saint-Luc. Each year, EMS responds to more than 3,000 emergency medical calls, arriving on scene in less than four minutes and often making the difference between life and death.