Thanks to the New Brunswick Medical Society, the Valley Food Bank in Woodstock can soon respond quickly to some medical emergencies on its premises.
On Monday, June 6, NBMS president Dr. Mark MacMillan delivered an AED (automatic external defibrillator) to the staff at Valley Food Bank on Houlton Street in Woodstock.
He said the NBMS, in conjunction with the N.B. Heart and Stroke Foundation is distributing AEDs to sites in all health regions.
The AED unit includes two sets of pads, a wall-mount storage case, CPR and AED training for six people, and AED registration with the PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) program and 911 dispatch.
MacMillan said it's a device he hopes is never necessary, but it only needs to be successfully used once to make it valuable. He said one of the AEDs they distributed may have already helped save a life.
Valley Food Bank executive director Monica Grant and staff gratefully accepted the gift. She said it will be mounted near the classrooms still under construction, making it available to all areas of its new expansive facility.
Grant said the Heart and Stroke Foundation staff would soon provide a training course for food bank employees.
"They'll give a CPR refresher course at the same time," she said.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun