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Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service Unveils EpiPen Program

Sept. 9, 2014 – City of Vaughan News Release

Beginning this month, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service will be providing enhanced emergency medical care, including administering EpiPens for adults and children suffering from a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Vaughan firefighters will be trained to recognize and treat life-threatening medical situations. In addition to administering EpiPens, this includes assisting asthma patients with their inhalers during an attack and providing aspirin to those suffering from cardiac chest pain.

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Allergy smarts can save your life, be smart! Linda Pinizzotto chats with Debbie Bruce

Click on the link below to listen to the Linda Pinizzotto eXpert Radio Show interview with Debbie Bruce


EpiPens on fire trucks have saved four lives, so far

By  Chris Clay from the Mississauga News

MISSISSAUGA — In less than a year, a program that put EpiPens  on all front-line Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services trucks has been directly responsible for saving four lives.

Trevor Shea, a training officer with Mississauga’s fire service, said the EpiPens have been on all 30 front-line fire trucks since May.

EpiPens are used to administer epinephrine to someone suffering an extreme allergic reaction. In some cases, the reaction can be fatal and the injection can open the person’s airways long enough to make it to hospital for emergency treatment.

Shea said there are four examples where, if the trucks didn’t have the devices, people would have died.

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Mississauga woman’s advocacy makes Blue Jays games unforgettable for families

By  Radhika Panjwani from the Mississauga News

MISSISSAUGA— It all began with a Mississauga mother’s quest to help her sons experience the excitement and fun of cheering their home team in an arena without having to worry about a fatal allergy attack.

Now, three years later, Debbie Bruce, co-director, Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative Mississauga Anaphylaxis Group (MAG) education and advocacy, can look back at her accomplishment with pride.

On Sunday, June 29, four local MPs — Minister for Sports Bal Gosal (Bramalea-Gore-Malton), Brad Butt (Mississauga-Streetsville) and Stella Ambler (Mississauga South) and Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale)— will be joining Bruce and other families  in the peanut/nut reduced section of the Roger Centre for a Blue Jays game.

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Plan to put EpiPens in Hamilton eateries will launch in August 2014

By Samantha Craggs, CBC News Posted: Aug 04, 2014 6:30 AM ET

After months of legal negotiations that were trickier than expected, Hamilton is about to launch its first test site in a plan to put epinephrine auto injectors in every food court and restaurant in the city.

By the end of August, public health officials hope to hold an official launch at Jackson Square, where they will test a plan to arm security guards with auto injectors, often referred to by the brand name EpiPen.

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Toronto Blue Jays – Peanut/Nut-Reduced Zone 2014 Game Dates Announced

The Toronto Blue Jays™ are pleased to continue offering a peanut/nut-reduced seating area at certain games in 2014. On six different game dates during the 2014 season, we will be offering a limited number of seats in a designated peanut/nut-reduced seating area at Rogers Centre™ (the “Peanut/Nut-Reduced Zone“).

Peanuts and nuts will not be allowed in a reserved area for these six games. Tickets for seating in the Peanut/Nut-Reduced Zone are reserved for individuals with peanut and nut allergies and their families only. The Toronto Blue Jays reserve the right to request a doctor’s note.

All persons who will be seated in the Peanut/Nut-Reduced Zone will be required to sign a waiver before entering Rogers Centre (persons under the age of eighteen must have the waiver signed by their parent or other legal guardian).

For more information please visit: Peanut/Nut-Reduced Blue Jay Schedule

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Marks Success with its EpiPens Program

May 08, 2014

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is celebrating the first anniversary of its EpiPen Program. Approved last spring by City Council, the program ensures EpiPens are on all fire trucks in Mississauga.

 “As firefighters, our priority is to protect life. Having the EpiPen Program in place is crucial for us when we’re first on the scene responding to a severe allergic reaction,” said Mississauga Fire Chief, John McDougall. “Over the past year, we’ve seen first-hand how EpiPens can buy time until a person suffering from a severe allergic reaction can be transported to the hospital.”

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Brad Butt speaking in House of Commons on Food Allergy Awareness Month

“Mr. Speaker,

May is National Food Allergy Awareness Month and is an important reminder that millions of Canadians have food allergies and anaphylaxis and that much more can be done to raise awareness and to support those with this condition.

Last May, the House of Commons unanimously passed Motion 230, “that in the opinion of the House, anaphylaxis is a serious concern for an increasing number of Canadians and the government should take the appropriate measures necessary to ensure these Canadians are able to maintain a high quality of life.” 

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