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Apply for a public access defibrillator

Public Access Defibrillator and Call Push Rescue training kit community packages help train your community in life saving skills.

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You can play a vital role in helping save lives in your local community by applying online for funding to have a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) and Call Push Rescue training kit community package in your area.

After calling 999 and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using a defibrillator is the best way to increase the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest.

How to apply

  1. Read through the criteria to check if you are eligible first – if you do not meet these requirements your application will be unsuccessful.
  2. If you meet the criteria and wish to apply, you will need to create an account and submit our online form.
  3. Your application will then be reviewed by our team.
  4. We will then contact you to confirm if your application has been successful or not.

Before you submit your application, you might want to contact your local NHS ambulance service, who may be able to advise on a suitable model, location and cabinet for the defibrillator.  

If your application is approved, you will need to make a donation of £600 towards the cost of the package. However, you do not need to start fundraising for this amount before your application has been approved.  Please note the package does not include an external cabinet, which you will require for the defibrillator.

For any questions about funding please contact us on 0131 561 3364 or email us.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The defibrillator must be freely accessible to the public 24/7 and be placed externally in an unlocked and un-coded cabinet.
  • There must be a clear need for the device (e.g. a location with high footfall or in a rural area).
  • There must be a commitment to train the local community in CPR using the Call Push Rescue training kit provided.
  • There must be a clear need for funding in order to purchase a defibrillator (private businesses will not be eligible for the package).

Groups which can't apply

Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide funding to the following groups:

  • GP surgeries
  • dental practices
  • schools and colleges
  • military organisations
  • police
  • private or commercial companies
  • Community First Responders (unless they are applying for a public access defibrillator in their local community).

You can only apply for funding for one defibrillator per organisation, and the applications can only apply to new PADs, not replacement ones.

What you will receive

When your application is accepted, you’ll receive a PAD. The models available are the iPAD SP1 and the ZOLL AED Plus. We do not provide cabinets to store the defibrillator. Please see our full statement on cabinets in our Guide to defibrillators.

We’ll also provide you with our Call Push Rescue training kit. This contains equipment to train up to 10 people at a time in life saving CPR skills. Training is delivered by watching our educational film and sessions take around 30 minutes - there is no need for an external trainer to deliver the sessions.

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Other ways to get a defibrillator

If you do not meet the criteria for the community package we may still be able to support you with your goal of installing a defibrillator. We offer a range of defibrillator products and packages that can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. 

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