Public Access AED Program


The Key Biscayne Fire Rescue has placed a large number of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) for public use throughout our community.






1) Assess safety of scene.

2) Assess patient to determine if he/she is unresponsive and not breathing.

3) Start CPR if appropriate.

4) Advise someone to retrieve AED from specific location and to call 911.

5) Take necessary precautions to avoid contact with blood and other body fluids.

6) Assure 911 has been called.

7) Turn on AED.

8) Expose patient’s bare chest.

9) Attach pads to patient correctly as shown in the picture on pads.

10) Stop CPR and advise everybody to stand clear.

11) AED will analyze patient’s rhythm.

12) AED will acknowledge need for defibrillation.

13) Reconfirm that everybody is clear and NO ONE is touching the patient.

14) Start shock procedure by pushing shock control.

15) Resume CPR until EMS arrives.

16) Follow any additional prompts that the AED provides.




Numerous scientific studies have proven that rapid defibrillation is the single most important factor affecting survival from sudden cardiac arrest in adults.


This research, coupled with important technological advances, has driven Key Biscayne Fire Rescue, in alliance with The Key Biscayne Community Foundation, to create a Public Access AED program to increase access to early defibrillation. 




AED Sign Inside Gate



 AED Sign Inside



More information about our AED and CPR programs is available here at The Link to Survival (PDF) or by contacting Sylvie Elmoznino at




What does AED stand for and what is it?

Automated External Defibrillator. It is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. A built-in computer assesses the patient’s heart rhythm, judges whether defibrillation is needed and then administers the shock. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.


How does an AED work?

A microprocessor inside the defibrillator interprets the victim’s heart through adhesive electrodes. The computer analyzes the heart rhythm for Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and advises the operator whether a shock is needed. If VF is detected an electric current is delivered through the victim’s chest wall via the adhesive electrodes.


Why are AEDs Important?

They can restore a normal rhythm in sudden cardiac arrest victims. These portable models allow more non-medical people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required.


Who can use an AED?

An AED can be used by anyone that has been properly trained and by ANYONE if the device is equipped with audible, visual, or written instructions on its use.

Having more people in the community who can respond to a medical emergency will greatly improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates.


Is an AED safe to use?

Yes. An AED is safe to use by anyone because the device asses if a person is in a shockable rhythm. This means if a person’s heart is stable the device will not allow a shock to be delivered.


What are the legal liabilities?

Anyone who uses an AED in good faith is protected under the Good Samaritan Law. See State of Flordida Statute 768.132. The assumption is that a person in cardiac arrest is already dead, and a good faith effort is their best hope.



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