​We want your stories on how First Aid/CPR training made a difference, at home or in the workplace!​

Northumberland CPR Training wants to recognize people that have used their training in First Aid and CPR either at work or at home. Every month Northumberland CPR Training will review submissions and pick one story to share. 

We want more people to recognize how important First aid and CPR training is. You may be a healthcare worker that has taken a Heart and Stroke BLS course, or a factory worker trained in Heart and Stroke Emergency or Standard First Aid. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you made a difference in helping somebody with the training you had years ago or just recently.  

Each year, an estimated 35,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada. The vast majority happen in public places or at home, and few people survive. Survival rates double if someone performs CPR and uses an automated external defibrillator (AED). Each year in Canada, 62,000 strokes occur. 

Survival rates in cardiac rehabilitation programs that provide defibrillation within the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest are higher than 85 per cent.  With each passing minute from the time of the arrest, the probability of survival declines about 7 to 10 per cent. 

If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse. 


Twenty- three years ago an off-duty firefighter was visiting his mother when she had a major medical emergency and was found face down on the sidewalk, outside her home. The firefighter was trained to respond to these calls at work but wasn’t expecting to perform CPR on his own mother. When the firefighter turned his mother over, she was not breathing, had no pulse and presented with agonal breaths. CPR was initiated and soon his co-workers arrived with oxygen and the defibrillator. 

My mother survived that day and is still alive today after suffering a brain aneurysm in 1999. 

Perhaps you have a similar story? Please email me with your story. Let’s increase the number of people trained in CPR, First Aid and Defibrillation in Cobourg and throughout Northumberland County! Northumberland CPR Training will select one story each month to share.  

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