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PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR PROGRAM
Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department are trained in the use of a defibrillator, a device that externally shocks the human heart out of a fatal rhythm, allowing a normal, healthy rhythm to resume. Despite local advances that quicken our emergency response, the men and women of the LAFD may not always arrive in time to administer this life-saving treatment.
Once restricted to use by medical doctors or highly trained fire department paramedics, modern science has produced a special defibrillator that can now be easily and safely used by lay persons with minimal training. This simple semi-automatic device requires only basic human intervention and can easily save lives.
It is hoped that this compact, lightweight, and affordable device, known as an automated external defibrillator (AED), will soon become as commonplace and accessible as fire extinguishers are today.
The LAFD has embarked upon a promising program to bring AEDs to many City facilities that the public accesses for business and recreation in the City of Los Angeles. This Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program has the backing of medical leaders, including the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
Local AED training is coordinated through these Los Angeles offices:
- American Heart Association in Los Angeles: (213) 291-7000
- American Red Cross training in Los Angeles: (800) 627-7000
Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere...but not without a fight in the City of Los Angeles!
If you would like information regarding the City of Los Angeles Public Access Defibrillator Program or if you are a City employee who would like information on AED training, please contact:
Program Manager, Public Access Defibrillator Program
Los Angeles Fire Department
200 N. Main St. Room 1880
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Office: (213) 978-3486
Fax: (213) 978-3818
Public Access Defibrillator Program office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m