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November 20, 2013
Toronto paramedics and Toronto FC launch CPR awareness video
Nine lives have been saved in 2013 because of bystanders who were willing to help someone suffering a cardiac arrest with the support of the Toronto Emergency Medical Services Safe City public access automated external defibrillator (AED) program.

That is why Toronto FC players Gale Agbossoumonde, Quillan Roberts and Ryan Richter joined forces with paramedics Kai Pong Wong and Nicole Beaulieu to create a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) awareness video for CPR Awareness month.

"The purpose of this video is to reach out to as many people as possible and urge them to help someone suffering a cardiac arrest," said Richter, a TFC defender.

"I didn't realize how simple it is to help paramedics save a life," said goalkeeper Roberts. "Now that the paramedics have shown me how easy it is to do CPR and how to work an AED, I will be more confident in helping others if I have that opportunity."

Beaulieu said, "Our patients have a 75 per cent better chance of survival if a bystander calls 911, ensures the patient is unconscious and not breathing and starts CPR right away. They should also ask someone to retrieve the AED in case it is needed."

The Toronto EMS Safe City program has been in operation since 1999, when the City of Toronto agreed that it should move toward becoming a Cardiac Safe City by placing automated external defibrillators in public places. The program has grown, with Toronto EMS now overseeing about 1,400 defibrillators in public places, including all TTC and Toronto Police Service stations, all City of Toronto community centres and several public schools.

More information about the Safe City program is available at

The CPR video is available on Youtube via the Toronto EMS website at

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