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Cardiac Arrest (PAD) and Public Education

Public Access Defibrillation Programs

Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs focus on coordinating the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in strategic locations throughout the community where there is a chance someone could suffer a cardiac arrest.

Download our Start-a-Heart PAD program guide.

Learn to use an Automatic External Defibrillator

Download our guide to using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

View this University of Arizona Sarver Heart Centre video to learn how to use an AED.

Learning how to do CPR and how to use an AED can save a life. At the 10th Annual Paramedics In The Park event, local community members were recognized for their help and participation in saving a life by the use of AED’s or CPR. City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor, Andy Letham, CAO Ron Taylor and Doctor Moran, one of the City’s base hospital physicians, recognized and honoured these members at the event.

Public Education

In 2018, Kawartha Lakes Paramedics celebrated the 10th Annual Paramedics in the Park and BBQ. The Community Paramedic Team taught more than 200 local students CPR, how and when to call 911, basic wound care, and other life-saving skills. Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service, Kawartha Lakes Police Service and other community partners were also in attendance at the event.


We offer educational, curriculum-relevant programs providing information about the following topics. All programs can be adapted for any age group from children to adults.

Contact our Community Engagement team here.

Hands Only CPR and AED

This program teaches the lifesaving skills of "Hands Only CPR" and using an AED. These skills are quick to learn and can make a difference between life and death.

Helmet Safety

This program helps to inform of the dangers of an improperly sized helmet and shows the standard techniques for sizing a helmet properly.


This program demonstrates the correct method for aiding an individual who is choking or has an airway obstruction.


This program helps to teach how to dress and properly care for minor wounds as well as abrasions prior to calling 911.


Life threatening allergic reactions are extremely time sensitive. This program shows the basics of how to administer a personal Epipen to an individual with an identified allergy in a life-threatening situation. 

Heart Attack and Stroke

This program provides information on signs and symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke as well as the medical directives that can be utilized in these situations by paramedics to provide care and transport to a local stroke center or cardiac catheterization lab.

Calling 911

This program informs how and when to call 911. This program also explains what to expect or anticipated questions from the dispatch center when 911 is called.

Prescription Medication

This program provides information on the dangers of not taking prescription medication properly as well as the dangers of taking medication that is either expired or not prescribed to you. 

How to prepare for 911

This program provides information that will aid the community in how to properly prepare in the event you need to call an ambulance to your residence, recreational facility, church or other community building. This program will help you help the paramedics in the event of an emergency.

Start a Heart

Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service is managing and working with community partners (i.e. Heart and Stroke, Ross Memorial Hospital, Fire and Police Services (CKL and OPP) on an aggressive Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program. This program is called "Start a heart".

Today we have more than 200 PAD sites in the Kawartha Lakes and our Paramedics have taught more than 30,000 citizens in the past few years in CPR and the use of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

Car seat clinics

Throughout the year, we also host car seat clinics to ensure the children of Kawartha Lakes are kept safe as they travel in their parents' or guardians' vehicles. Visit the events calendar to see when the next car seat clinic is taking place.


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