Placing an AED in your community
Arrhythmia Alliance provides fundraising support, in addition to information, advice and guidance to help make communities across the UK safer in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
Give us a call on +44 (0)1789 867 501 to talk through the options wherever you live, work or study.
Turn your community into a hearty success story
We have worked with many community groups, clubs and individuals to help place lifesaving equipment for use in the event of an emergency.
CPR alone saves just 9% of people who suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest.
CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) increases the chance of survival five-fold to 50%.
Defibs Save Lives is all about saving lives… by placing public-access AEDs and training people in CPR.
When AEDs get used – lives are saved!
How your community can get involved
So you’ve decided to fundraise for an AED in your community, but first you need to decide where you plan to place your AED and how many are needed.
Defibs Save Lives aims to ensure that all AEDs are available in public places so that life-saving equipment is available to anyone, whatever the time of day. AEDs should ideally be housed in secure, weatherproof, heated cabinets on the exterior walls of buildings such as post offices, village halls, sports centres and other visible places in the community.
Some communities may require more than one AED to ensure everyone can access life-saving equipment quickly. For example, Brailes, a rural village in Oxfordshire, houses two public access AEDs. One is located in the upper end of the village the second in the lower part of the village. Both are located in highly populated areas to ensure that in the event of a cardiac arrest the AED can be deployed quickly to the victim.
If you are a school or a sports team, you may decide to purchase two AEDs; one to be housed in an external cabinet at your club and a portable AED to take on trips away. A public-access AED in an external, heated and secure cabinet is the most versatile installation to ensure that an AED is always available when needed. These are ideal for high streets, shopping centres, sports stadiums, exhibition centres and concert venues.
If an AED is designed for portable use, it might still benefit from being stored in a visible, accessible location, such as a dedicated indoor cabinet. This prevents AEDs from being hidden away or forgotten in desk draws or locked offices.
Learn how to use an AED
In this video, Jon Needle, Community Partnerships Manager at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, demonstrates how to use an AED to save lives in a community setting:
Give us a call
We can be contacted from 9am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday, please call +44 (0) 1789 867 501.
If you would like to send us an email enquiry about placing a public-access defibrillator or arranging CPR training in your community please email us here.
Consult our fundraising ideas and tips page for all the info you need and to learn more about banking your efforts.
Download our template letter to approach your local council, Lions or Rotary Club. You will find that many of these organisations are able to support community fundraising initiatives.