AED / PAD
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, lightweight device used to help a victim of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). An AED can immediately correct abnormal heart rhythms present in SCA, thereby saving someone's life.
The Alameda County EMS Agency promotes County-wide AED placement and usage through our Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, registering the locations of AEDs, tracking their usage, and ensuring that they are ready when needed through the HeartSAFE Project.
As of 2016, the Alameda County EMS Agency has registered over 2000 AEDs located within the County. When an AED is registered, it's location is made available to 911 communication centers enabling the direction of callers to the nearest AED in an emergency.