Barrie moving company Two Men and a Truck is the first company in the Barrie and Central Ontario region to equip all of its trucks with Mikey defibrillators, as part of the Mikey on Board program, an initiative of The Mikey Network.
Dan Brohm, franchise owner and general manager of Two Men and a Truck on Saunders Road, Barrie, demonstrated how a Mikey defibrillator installed in all his moving trucks will save lives.
Working with Emergency Medical Services, all Two Men and a Truck Canadian franchisees, their drivers and staff are trained to use a Mikey.
The Mikey Network, a registered Canadian charity, is committed to helping people who experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) get a second chance at life.
To date, there are over 1,350 Mikeys placed in high-risk locations across Canada by The Mikey Network and 15 lives have been saved.
SCA is the leading killer of Canadians. Over 10 per cent of occurrences happen in public, and victims who are not revived within three to five minutes usually die. The use of a public-access defibrillator by a trained "target responder" within the first moments can improve the victim’s survival rate by up to 75 per cent. Having Mikeys on Two Men and a Truck vehicles increases the chances of making one accessible when the unexpected happens.
Two Men and a Truck - Canada franchises are also located in Brampton, Cambridge (KCW), Etobicoke, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Mississauga North, Mississauga South, Newmarket & Aurora, North Toronto & Thornhill, Oshawa, Ottawa, Richmond Hill & Markham, Toronto Mid-Town, Toronto Downtown, Toronto The Beaches, Toronto East, Vaughan-Woodbridge & St. Catharines-Niagara.
Said Chuck Resnick, vice-president, operations, Two Men and a Truck – Canada, “We hope we never have to use these Mikeys, but when you consider the physical nature of moving, it makes sense to have defibrillators on our trucks, in case our movers or families involved in a move have a problem. And, there is always the possibility of someone going into sudden cardiac arrest walking down the street, or perhaps being in a car accident. So with our trucks on the road, we are now in a position to be able to respond should someone need help.”
Hugh Heron, Mikey Network chairman and president of Heathwood Homes, added, “These moving trucks with their EMS-trained personnel circulate throughout their communities every day and by carrying a Mikey, they carry a second chance at life for people who might be affected by sudden cardiac arrest. This program is a tremendous venture and for Two Men and a Truck in Canada, it’s a moving industry first.
Heron added, “We challenge other companies with vehicles on the road to follow suit and install Mikeys and have their staff trained in CPR/AED.”
ABOUT THE MIKEY NETWORK
The Mikey Network, founded in 2003, is a registered Canadian charity working to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles. To date, more than 1,350 Mikey defibrillators have been placed across Canada, and 15 lives have now been saved. The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a valued partner at Heathwood Homes and The Heron Group who experienced sudden cardiac arrest and died on a golf course in 2002. Other Mikey Network programs include: Mikey’s Kids – The Mikey At Home Program, The Mikey’s Young At Heart School Defibrillator Program, Mikey On the GO, Mikey Cops Are Tops. For more information or to donate, visit www.mikeynetwork.com.