You are the Strongest Link campaign

Mayor John Tory proclaimed February 14 Safe City Day in Toronto, accompanied by Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Gord McEachen and Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City Commander Jon Lane.

Tory explained the importance of learning CPR and knowing how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to potentially help save lives at the Feb. 14 event.

At the event, Tory helped launch “You are the Strongest Link,” a campaign to raise community awareness that early CPR and early defibrillation can save lives. Toronto Paramedic Services is partnering with Enbridge in providing training to about 240 residents in eight neighbourhoods identified by the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020.

Funding received by Enbridge through the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 will go toward training and certifying residents through the Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City program. The skills acquired through the training will enable people to apply for jobs that require the certification and may also help them save a life.

TSNS 2020 is the city’s action plan for ensuring that each of the 140 neighbourhoods can succeed and thrive. The strategy supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with residents, community agencies and businesses to invest in people, services, programs and facilities in 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City program trains thousands of residents annually in first aid, CPR and AED use. Taking a course allows people to have the confidence in their skill to intervene if they see someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. It could mean the difference between life and death. Every year lives are saved in the city because someone had the courage to step in to help.

“With more than 2,000 cardiac arrests annually in our city, more than half of them witnessed by a bystander, and knowing that early CPR and the use of an AED can increase the chance of survival up to 75 per cent, I want to encourage all our residents to take a CPR/AED course,” said Mayor John Tory.

You can register for a course at toronto.ca/safecity, by calling 416-392-9833 or by emailing safecity@toronto.ca.

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