HCFA supervisors, fire dispatchers, and operations manager are certified in the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR every two years. This training includes detailed instructions on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be easy to used by the layman.

What is an AED

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias, leading to cardiac arrest, in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Many business locations now provide AED's at the place of business in the event it is needed.