Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Did you know that anyone can use an AED? Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest with an electric shock––and you don't need to be a medical professional to learn how to use one.

What are AEDs?

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are medical devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. First, the device measures the patient’s heart rhythm to determine whether defibrillation is necessary. If so, the machine will walk the user through administering an electric shock. The shock can help restore a normal heartbeat.

Why AEDs?

AEDs are incredible devices that can dramatically improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. AEDs offer effective treatment for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases. Plus, they are easy to operate and can be used by first responders and laypeople alike.

How are AEDs Used?

AEDs are designed to be user-friendly. Once the AED is located and the scene is safe, the user turns on the machine and follows the prompts to attach the electrode pads. If the AED determines that a shock is necessary, the user will administer the shock and begin CPR.

How to Get an AED Certification?

Ready to learn more about AEDs? You can take an AED certification course with SureFire CPR. Our classes are engaging and informative so you leave feeling confident in your skills. Sign up for an AED class at one of our many locations to get started.

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Don’t leave an emergency up to chance.

While anyone can use an AED, it’s always better to have training so you know exactly what to do in an emergency. Learn everything you need to know about safe AED usage from SureFire CPR and our team of expert instructors.

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Individual AED Class

Learn everything you need to know about AEDs in just a few hours and leave with a same-day certification card. Our comprehensive AED training is ideal for teachers, babysitters, lifeguards, or anyone interested in picking up a life-saving skill.

Group AED Training

Group AED Training

Get the whole team trained with group AED training classes. It’s a fast and convenient way to prepare your group for emergencies and keep everyone safe. Let us come to you! We offer on-site training with personalized instruction for your team.


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The exact cost of an AED can vary. SureFire CPR sells different AED package tiers so that you only pay for what you need. Contact us today for more information and pricing.

Yes, civilians can buy an AED. Whether you’re an individual who wants to have an AED in your home or a business owner looking to have an AED at your workplace, anyone can purchase an AED.

AEDs should be inspected regularly, at minimum once a month. It’s important to make sure everything is working properly and check if the pads and batteries have expired. No one wants to be in a situation where they need to use an AED, only to find out it’s not working.

Each AED will include instructions from the manufacturer that explain how to conduct maintenance checks for your specific device. A simple way to ensure your AED is working properly is to look for the green light on the AED. If it is flashing green then you know it is operational, but it is best to inspect it regularly.

AEDs can be used more than once as long as all of the components are in working order. You will need to replace the pads after each use. You should check the battery life frequently and replace it when necessary, or sign up for an AED management program to have your AED professionally maintained.


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