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Major enhancement of emergency preparedness measures underway at Toronto Pearson, protecting airport community and passengers with new training and equipment

February 21, 2019

TORONTO, CANADA – Coinciding with Heart Month in Canada, Toronto Pearson’s Fire & Emergency Services has completed a total overhaul of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) at Canada’s largest airport.

The program will see over 250 new Zoll AED 3 units installed at key employee- and passenger-facing locations. The new units will be part of a Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) Program, making them searchable by emergency dispatchers who can direct bystanders to the nearest device. As well as making new cardiac treatment technology available, emergency preparedness has been further reinforced with the installation of over 250 bleeding control medical kits. These kits can be used by immediate bystanders during a traumatic event to significantly increase the survival rates for victims at risk of major blood loss.

“For an airport employee on the job or a traveller at Toronto Pearson, AEDs and bleeding control kits are safe, easy to use and extremely effective in an emergency,” explained David Hollett, Deputy Fire Chief of Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Services. “Safety is top priority at Toronto Pearson, so installing the best equipment and building awareness of it gives an individual the opportunity to save a life in an emergency.”

The new AEDs are clearly marked with signage and are conveniently located throughout the airport community. When removed from their cabinet, first responders receive an automated alert with the time and location, assisting in emergency dispatch.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 47 million passengers in 2017, making it Canada's largest airport and the second-busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada. The airport facilitates 6.3% per cent of Ontario's GDP, directly employs 49,000 people and facilitates more than 300,000 jobs throughout the province of Ontario. Toronto Pearson believes that being a good neighbour means growing together with the communities it serves. To this end, the airport invests in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

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Contact: GTAA Media Office | media.relations@gtaa.com | (416) 776-3709

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