GO Transit to install defibrillators

Posted on October 21, 2008

GO Transit, in partnership with The Mikey Network and the Toronto EMSCardiac Safe City program, is installing public access defibrillators, called Mikeys, on GO Trains and at stations.

About 100 Mikey defibrillators are being installed on the accessible car of every GO train, as well as at GO stations along the Lakeshore line, the end stations on each of GO's other six lines, Union Station and all layover facilities. GO is the first transit system in the GTA to equip its vehicles and facilities with Mikey defibrillators.

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.

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.

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