Public Access Defibrillation Program

When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can improve everyone’s chance of survival. Knowing where AEDs are located in the city is vital so that 911 dispatchers, emergency responders and nearby residents can get to an AED quickly. By registering your organization’s AED, you can help save a life.

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In partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the City of Hamilton has deployed Public Access Defibrillators (AED) in City owned facilities and public buildings including:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Local arenas
  • Recreation centres
  • Senior’s centres

All City buildings that have an AED will have a sign on the front door.

Automated External Defibrillator symbol

Citizens are encouraged to use Public Access Defibrillation Units

The public is encouraged to use an AED and CPR if someone collapses and shows no signs of life, like breathing or gasping.

Public Access Defibrillators aid in the CPR treatment by helping the user with verbal instruction and require no formal training to be used. The combination of AED use and CPR can increase the chance of survival by 75%. 

If you notice someone is unresponsive, here are a few tips to remember:

  • Call 911
  • Send someone to get an AED
  • Check for absent or abnormal breathing and begin CPR
    • Place hands on the Centre of the chest – one on top of the other and interlace your fingers
    • Push hard and fast – compressions should be at least 100 per minute and a depth of at least two inches for adults and children
    • Use the AED immediately once it arrives. If no AED is available, continue with compressions until help arrives.