Got an AED? Group pushing defibrillator awareness

A new partnership between the Charlottesville Fire Department and the Chamber of Commerce wants to elevate awareness of Automatic External Defibrillators, or AEDs, in order to save lives when hearts stop.

"Operation Kickstarter," was the brainchild of Leadership Charlottesville, a Chamber enterprise that volunteered to take an inventory of every workplace AED in Charlottesville, one step toward the goals of raising awareness and, in turn, saving lives during cardiac arrest.

Anyone who wants to register their AED can visit cvilleaed.com and potentially help save a life. However, Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner, who helped announce the new database May 17, says that the data is just a start.

"Even though we're making great progress in getting AEDs into buildings," says Werner, "people are reluctant to use them. So we've got to change the culture."

Operation Kickstarter plans to create an AED-finding application that will help instantly pinpoint the nearest AED when someone's heart stops beating.

"That's the next step," says Werner, estimating that app development might begin as soon as six months.

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GREAT IDEA! I just saw that this group is offering AEDs below Distributor cost for one week only (starting Friday June 1) as part of their National CPR & AED Awareness Week Promotions.
http://www.first-aid-product.com/industrial/aed-automated-external-defib...

AED Defibrillators Available at Discount

In honor of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, AED Supply Store is offering the lowest pricing available for AED's. This company was formed by Harvard Reynolds in response to the sudden cardiac arrest death of his father in 1999 - and they offer the lowest pricing available for AED's. A leading national Certified Training Center for the American Heart Association, AED Supply Store has the corporate mission "To Help Save Lives".

COMPANY CONTACT DATA:
Toll-Free Phone: (866) 932-2331
Contact Name: Harvard Reynolds, Principal
Contact E-Mail: info@AEDSupplyStore.com
Website Address: www.AEDSupplyStore.com
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I compared, and www.First-Aid-Product was offering AEDs for about $400 less per unit - But the lowest were through an application and approval process at www.AedGrant.com (recommended by First-Aid-Product.com, surprisingly. for Individuals, Groups, and even businesses looking to deploy these lifesaving devices but not pay high retail prices)