STM teams recently finished equipping the full métro network with automated external defibrillators (AED) after several weeks of installation work. The defibrillators are operational and ready for use.
This project, announced in early March, aims to ensure the safety of métro customers and employees in the event of an incident requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Every métro station is now equipped with at least one AED that can be used both by users and employees. All defibrillators have been installed near the station agents’ fare booths, and new signage has been added to help users locate them. No matter where an incident may happen in a métro station, access to a defibrillator is now less than five minutes away, which can make a huge difference to a survival prognosis. The location of the defibrillators is also available on the Jacques de Champlain Foundation’s AED-Quebec public registry and mobile app.
Even in an emergency situation, these user-friendly devices can be used by someone with no medical or first-aid training, if necessary. The selected model, the LifePak CR2 by Physiocontrol, is automated and includes real-time user instructions. The STM will post video clips, created together with the Jacques de Champlain Foundation, on its social media platforms and provide information on its website. Informative clips for employees will also be made available internally.
Optimal network coverage
The STM acquired 209 defibrillators following a call for tenders. The first phase of deployment was completed in early winter and involved installing AEDs in vehicles used by STM security and control officers and incident commanders to ensure optimal coverage of the surface network. Several workplaces, such as workshops and bus garages, have been equipped with AEDs since winter. Offices will be supplied with defibrillators in the next phase.