Prompt Recognition and CPR Saves a Life

Petrolia, ON - The County of Lambton's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is encouraging all Lambton residents to learn CPR after an off duty Lambton EMS paramedic successfully administered the emergency procedure to a collapsed patron of a local gym earlier this week.

The off duty paramedic was able to quickly assess the patient and, finding him to be unresponsive and without a pulse, immediately started CPR while gym staff called 911. When paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene, a defibrillator was used and the patient was transported to hospital with a pulse, having regained consciousness.

"The quick application of CPR along with defibrillation saves lives," said County of Lambton EMS Manager Steve Pancino. "All Lambton County residents are encouraged to learn this valuable, life-saving skill."

In partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the County of Lambton EMS Department has installed over 100 Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) across Lambton County since 2000. Funds to purchase PADs are raised through participating organizations, with the County's EMS Department providing free training, quality assurance, and preventative maintenance. For more information about the PAD program, please contact Jon Cann, Supervisor, EMS Operations at

Please contact:

Steve Pancino

Manager, Emergency Medical Services

County of Lambton

519-882-2442 ext. 5005

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