CSA Hockey Helmet Program

What an incredible response we had to our CSA Hockey Helmet program! As a result, RFANS is pleased to offer the program for another year in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and our Corporate partner Cleve’s Source for Sports.

The program is designed to ensure that participating local arenas can provide children with the proper headgear they need to take part in school sponsored skates and public skates, helping kids stay active and safe. Helmets purchased under this program cannot be sold or given away and are to remain with the facility for access to any child wishing to skate.

Click here to see brochure.

Automated External Defibrillator – RFANS AED Grant Program

RFANS is pleased to announce the creation of a grant program to assist major sport and recreation facilities to purchase Auto External Defibrillators.

Support for the AED program has come from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. The Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, Hon. Barry Barnett, made the announcement at a press conference held today (May 15/07) at the Sackville Sports Stadium. To view the press release, please click here.

To view and print an application form for the AED Program, please click here.

More than 35,000 Canadian lives are lost each year due to cardiac arrest. Defibrillation improves survival rates by up to 30 percent if delivered in the first few minutes. With each passing minute, the probability of survival declines by 7 to10 percent. Making defibrillators easily accessible in major sport and recreation facilities could save the lives of dozens of people across Nova Scotia in the coming years.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device. An AED can check a person’s heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. And it can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) suddenly stop beating normally and develop what is called ventricular fibrillation (VF). VF is a chaotic heart rhythm that is similar where the heart muscle begins quivering which prevents the heart from effectively pumping blood. If this condition is not corrected immediately; death will follow within 10 minutes. A defibrillator is the only known device/technique that stops the chaotic electrical heart activity and allows the heart to re-pace itself to a normal rhythm.

Project Goal
The goal of this program is to increase the number of Auto External Defibrillators installed in major sport and recreation facilities in Nova Scotia.

Project Description
Through this grant program owners of major sport and recreational facilities will be eligible to receive up to one third of the total cost of the purchase of an Auto External Defibrillators (taxes included) to a maximum of $1500.00.

Major sport and recreational facilities throughout Nova Scotia will be eligible to participate in the Auto External Defibrillators Program.

The following requirements must be met before sport and recreational facilities will be able access funds from the AED Program Fund:

Applications to the program will be accepted any time throughout the year.
Must show proof of purchase of an approved AED
Must be a member in good standing with the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia or other provincial recreation association and demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional development and quality management.
Must provide annual training of staff in use of equipment, with initial training to take place winthin 3 months of receiving the AED unit.
Must inform Emergency Health Services that AED has been purchased
Must maintain unit according to manufacturer specifications and document maintenance schedule for RFANS

RFANS Members and AED Suppliers in Maritime Region
Supplier of Samaritan AED
Company: Belmac Supply Ltd.
Contact: Katherine Van Ostram
Address: 341 Welton St.
City/Prov.: Sydney, NS
Phone: 888-539-6006
Fax: 902-562-4470
RFANS Member: Yes

Supplier of the Zoll Defibrillator
Company: Safety Source
Contact: Tony Henderson
Address: 518 St. Mary’s Street, Unit 1
City/Prov.: Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506-453-1995
Fax: 506-453-9985
RFANS Member: Yes

Supplier of the Defibtech AED
Company: NovaMedic
Contact: Guy Chaham
Address:10-118 Wyse Road, Suite 126
City/Prov.: Dartmouth, NS
Phone: 902-469-1511
Fax: 902-469-0373
RFANS Member: Yes

Supplier of the Phillips AED
Company: HELP Group Management
Contact: Ken Cullihall
Address: 70 Melissa St.
City/Prov.: Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506-657-7070
Fax: 506-474-1340
RFANS Member: Yes

AED Suppliers
The following companies have Health Canada approval for an AED (or multiple AEDs). The Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia does not recommend or endorse specific products of any single manufacturer or distributor. RFANS encourages you to contact each company to describe your needs, obtain product information and find out how they can help you establish your AED program. Licensing information about specific AEDs may be checked through Health Canada’s Medical Devices License Listing

Approved AED’s and National Suppliers
Cardiac Science
Manufacturers of Survivalink® and Cardiac Science
Fastec Medical Inc.
820 Long Drive
Burlington, Ontario L7T 3J9

Manufacturers of HeartStart®
281 Hillmount Road
Markham, Ontario L6C 2S3

Manufacturers of LifelineTM/Revive®TM
SOS Emergency Response Technology
160 Tycos Drive
Toronto, Ontario M6B 1W6

Physio-Control/Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Manufacturers of LIFEPAK AEDs
6733 Kitimat Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 1W3

HeartSine Technologies
Manufacturers of Samaritan® PAD
Rescue 7 Inc.
245 Riviera Drive
Markham, Ontario L3R 5J9

Welch Allyn
Manufacturers of AED-10 & AED-20
160 Matheson Blvd. E. Unit #2
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1V4

Laerdal Medical
Manufacturers of HeartStart/Forerunner
151 Nashdene Road, Unit #45
Toronto, Ontario M1V 4C3
1-888-LAERDAL (523-7325)
Quebec: 1-800-567-9987

Zoll Medical Corporation
Manufacturers of AEDs
1750 Sismeth Road, Unit #1
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1R6