City hall home to new defibrillator

It’s a device they’re happy to have, but hope they never have to use.

It’s a device they’re happy to have, but hope they never have to use.

But city hall in Armstrong is now outfitted with an automated external defibrilator (AED).

“We applied for a grant, it was approved,” said Amrstong Mayor Chris Pieper.

Council voted unanimously in June to apply to the Heart and Stroke Foundation under their B.C. Public Access to Defibrillation program for an AED.

A year ago, a resident had some heart issues while at city hall, which, at the time, had no defibrillator.

“The ambulance came quickly and, fortunately, there was a volunteer firefighter in the building at the time who was fully trained in first aid,” said Pieper. “You never know when these type of incidents are going to happen. It all turned out good in the end.”

The city was notified in July that they were slated to receive at least one AED with city hall being listed as a priority location.

The foundation is placing up to 25 AEDs across the province each month, partnering with B.C. Ambulance paramedics and other emergency medical service providers to coordinate AED placement.

At last five other locations around Armstrong have been identified as good spots for an AED.

City has been scheduled to receive its AED placement and orientation session in September.