AED Program

In 2000, the City of Anaheim was the first city in Orange County to develop its own “PAD” program (Public Access Defibrillation). Defibrillation is performed using a small electrical machine called an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). These devices deliver an electrical shock to the heart with the intent of stopping a life threatening rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. During ventricular fibrillation, a victim’s heart is rapidly quivering and therefore it cannot pump blood to the vital organs.

Employees & Training
Through the PAD Program, approximately 500 City of Anaheim employees are trained in CPR and AED operation. These trained employees can use any of the 110 AEDs strategically located throughout the city. According to American Heart Association statistics, a person’s chances of being revived after going into ventricular fibrillation decrease by 10% for every minute gone by. The goal of the city PAD program is to increase a victim’s chances of survival by immediately administering CPR and then defibrillation while waiting for Anaheim Fire and Rescue paramedics to arrive and provide advanced cardiac life support. Since the inception of the City’s PAD program, there have been 3 documented cases in which early CPR and defibrillation was performed and it resulted in the victim’s heart being converted into a viable rhythm.

AED Maintenance & Training
The PAD program is broken down into 2 sections: AED maintenance and training. There are approximately 110 AEDs located throughout the City of Anaheim, most of which are in the city owned buildings. Designated City employees from each department routinely inspect these AEDs and contact Anaheim Fire and Rescue to replaces batteries and accessories as needed.

Once trained, employees are issued a course completion card through the American Heart Association and this certification lasts for 2 years. Anaheim Fire and Rescue conducts CPR/AED certification classes monthly and the instructors are Anaheim Fire and Rescue Firefighters and Paramedics.

Every year, the number of PAD programs across the United States continues to grow as communities recognize the PAD program as an effective life-saving tool.