Notifying your local emergency medical services (EMS) provider is good practice, and in some locations is a requirement when you implement an AED program. EMS is often pleased to be part of an AED project and can give valuable guidance on equipment choice and placement, training and medical direction. EMS may want to play a role in "drills" simulating emergencies. This is often a good idea, as it gives everyonea chance to practice and improve each step of the emergency response.
If your community has an "enhanced 9-1-1" system, you may be able to add the locations of AEDs at your facilities to the computer-assisted dispatch system. Then, if someone without knowledge of the AED program calls for help, the EMS dispatcher can let the caller know about the AEDs there, or may contact building security, requesting a response with the AED. They can also talk a user through the process if someone forgets their training.
Contact EMED today for assistance in working with your local EMS provider to become a part of your emergency response plan.
1515 South Bowman Road, Suite E
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Office: (501) 223-5157
Toll Free: (866) 327-EMED(3633)
Facsimile: (877) 329-EMED (3633)