Residents of Ladysmith are well equipped if someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest on the field, in the gym or in the pool.
A second automated external defibrillator has been installed at Forrest Field by donation from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and provincial government.
The first AED was donated by the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary in 2009 and is at the Frank Jameson Community Centre.
Mayor Rob Hutchins said, while neither of the AEDs have been used yet, the machines are there if someone needs them.
"Fortunately we haven't had to use it, but it's there, ready for use at any time," he said.
"Heart failure is a significant cause of death, it's the number one cause of death for certain population groups in Canada."
AEDs are portable devices that deliver electric shocks to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
A bystander can attach pads from the machine to a person's chest and press a button to deliver the shocks, following voice prompts and on-screen instructions to use the AED and perform CPR.
Cardiac arrest differs from, but may be caused by, a heart attack. Heart attacks are caused by a blocked blood flow to the heart, whereas sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart unexpectedly stops beating.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to 45,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada annually and survival odds for an out-of-hospital incident are
approximately five per cent. Survival odds decline by seven to 10 per cent with each passing minute.
If delivered in the first few minutes, however, defibrillation combined with CPR can improve survival rates by more than 50 per cent.
Clayton Posting, director of parks, recreation and culture for the Town of Ladysmith, said the AEDs are worth about $2,500 on average.
The parks department is working with community sport organizations and providing public demonstrations on how to use the machines, which can be set up by calling 250-245-6424.
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