Mikey on the GO - Defibrillators on GO Trains and at stations will help save lives

    TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2008 /CNW/ - GO Transit, in partnership with The Mikey
Network and the Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City program, is installing
public-access defibrillators, called MIKEYs, on GO Trains and at stations.
About 100 MIKEY defibrillators will be available across GO Transit's extensive
    "GO Transit carries thousands of passengers each day, and having
easy-to-use defibrillators is another way GO is putting the safety of its
passengers first," said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. "We're thrilled to
partner with The Mikey Network and Toronto EMS to install these portable,
life-saving devices that we hope won't have to be put to the test too often."
    MIKEYs are being installed on the accessible car of every GO Train, as
well as at GO stations along the Lakeshore line, at the end stations on each
of GO's other six lines, at Union Station, and at all layover facilities. GO
is the first transit system in the GTA to equip its vehicles and facilities
with MIKEY defibrillators.
    "This announcement will increase the chances of survival and recovery for
those who suffer from cardiac arrest," said Minister of Health Promotion
Margarett Best. "I congratulate GO Transit, Toronto EMS, and The Mikey Network
for their partnership in helping Ontarians practice healthy, active living."
    "Today we're taking the Network on a different track, with the
installation of 100 MIKEYs in GO Transit facilities and on the trains. We're
excited about reaching out to so many GO travelers - more than 200,000 on a
typical weekday - plus the staff who will also have access to the units. This
is a huge expansion of the Network's influence, and will raise awareness for
our organization in a big way," said Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron.
    "Mikey on the GO is a great name and a fantastic opportunity for The
Mikey Network. We have two major goals - to place MIKEYs in as many public
places as possible, and to educate the public about heart-healthy living, in
the hope that the units won't have to be used," Heron added.
    A MIKEY is a public-access defibrillator - an electronic device that
delivers an electronic shock to the heart through the chest wall in order to
restore the heart to its normal rhythm. The shock from a MIKEY can increase a
sudden cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival if it is used within the
first critical moments following the incident, even before paramedics and
emergency personnel arrive.
    As part of GO's standard safety procedures and to ensure the well being
of its customers, all frontline staff are trained in CPR and first aid. With
the installation of the MIKEYs, all GO personnel on board GO Trains and at
train stations with a MIKEY unit have been trained by Toronto EMS on how to
use the defibrillator device.

    GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit
system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA). GO carries more than 51 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus service that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.

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For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries, GO Transit, Jessica Kosmack,
(416) 869-3600 ext. 5231; The Mikey Network (www.mikeynetwork.com), David
Eisenstadt, The Communications Group Inc., deisenstadt@tcgpr.com, (416)
696-9900 ext. 36; Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Lyla Miller,
Lmiller3@toronto.ca, (416) 392-2255 or (416) 708-8125

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