The AED Superstore™ and Defibtech Fund Grant Program to Offer Free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to U.S. Fire Agencies

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The AED SuperstoreÂ? and Defibtech Fund Grant Program to Offer Free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to U.S. Fire Agencies

The AED Superstore™, the world’s largest source of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and Defibtech, LLC, a leading innovator and manufacturer of automated external defibrillators, have announced a partnership to offer free LifeLine AEDs to selected fire agencies across the United States through a private grant. Both firms are funding and administering the program.

“We committed ourselves to this program after learning that about half of all on duty firefighter casualties are the result of cardiac arrest or heart attack at the fire scene,” said AED Superstore National Sales Director Jonathan Dobbs. The latest data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirms these figures. “By donating AEDs, we’re giving fire departments a tool they can use to save the life of a fellow firefighter at the most critical moment. AEDs should be standard equipment on every engine like turnout gear and SCBA.”

Awards will consist of Defibtech LifeLine AEDs, 5-year battery pack, adult electrode pads, training and orientation video, user manual, rescue kit, 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, doctor’s prescription, and AED Check Tag™. All award AEDs will be shipped free of charge.

“We are excited to be participating in this very important grant program,” said Defibtech President Gintaras Vaisnys. “We are pleased to see that our easy to use and rugged AEDs are being deployed throughout the country and will be protecting not only the public but will be saving the lives of firefighters as well.”

The Defibtech LifeLine AED weighs just 4.2 pounds and meets professional environmental specifications, so it’s easily brought to any fire scene and it’s rugged enough for fire service use. Its uncluttered interface and loud and clear voice prompts make the device easy-to-use in the field.

The grant application process is simple. Eligible fire agencies may apply online at http://www.AEDsForLife.org. A paper application is available for download from the site which can be mailed or faxed to the grant administrator. A committee will review applications and award AEDs monthly. No purchase of any kind is necessary. This grant program runs through March 31, 2006.

All Municipal, County, State, and Federal fire agencies are eligible to apply including volunteer, paid-on-call, career, and combination fire departments. Private and “for profit” concerns are not eligible.

The AED Superstore(TM) is a privately held subsidiary of Allied 100, LLC of Wisconsin and is the world’s largest source of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), accessories, and AED programs to businesses, schools, churches, home users, and individuals. For more information about the AED Superstore and its products, visit http://www.aedsuperstore.com or call 1-877-AED-STAT (1-877-233-7828).

Defibtech relentlessly pursues one goal: making the best automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the world at affordable prices. Defibtech designs and manufactures the FDA-approved Lifeline™ brand AEDs and related accessories. Defibtech's products are sold through its network of distribution partners in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1999, Defibtech is headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut and manufactures all of its defibrillators in the United States in a state-of-the-art ISO-9002 certified facility.

For more information about Defibtech and its products, visit http://www.defibtech.com or call 1-866-DEFIB-4-U (1-866-333-4248).

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