Walkerton’s Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park is now equipped with an automated external defibrillator.
In an effort to make the portable electronic device as accessible as possible the AED is centrally located on the irrigation building site wall.
No one is more pleased than Brockton Councillor Steve Adams who has been advocating for an AED on the soccer fields since June.
He began his crusade for an AED at the soccer fields after a medical emergency took place during one of the soccer games this summer.
Adams says research shows that when it comes to cardiac arrest, time is of the essence.
He says an individuals chance of survival decreases 7 to 10 percent for every minute there is not defibrillation.
As soon as the soccer season wraps up the AED will be relocated to the Walkerton Horse Palace which serves as Town’s second Ice Pad.
This way Adams says it will be available for medical emergency 12 months a year.
Adams says equipping the Soccer Fields with an AED just makes good sense, as it is now common practice to have AED’s in other sports venues such as arenas.
According to the American Heart Association, studies show that survival from a cardiac arrest is doubled when bystanders stepped in to use a publicly available AED rather than wait for emergency services to arrive.
Much like insurance, Adams says an AED is one of those things that is good to have, but you hope you never need.