The Overlooked Safety Necessity: AEDs

If your school has classrooms stocked with emergency backpacks and fire extinguishers, you’re well on your way to full preparedness! But what about the equipment necessary to help someone in cardiac arrest?

We at Joffe believe that for organizations to be fully prepared, staff and students should have the capability to apply life-saving techniques to any individual in need under any circumstance, and that can’t be accomplished without AEDs.

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an integral component of any school or business emergency equipment. It is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.

Why have AEDs?

Sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is the condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, resulting in a lack of blood flow to the brain and vital organs. This can be deadly if not treated within minutes, and if often takes close to 10 minutes for outside emergency help (911) to arrive.

There are many benefits of owning the FRx Defibrillator, including:

  • Step-by-step voice instructions
  • Notification that EMS has been called
  • Adaptable to situation at hand
  • Pre-connected Smart Pads II (adapt to the body)
  • Performs a SMART analysis
  • Delivers a “shock” within 8 seconds (making it the fastest in its class)
  • Self-testing device performs more than 85 daily, weekly, and monthly self-tests

How can I obtain AEDs?

Joffe Emergency Services offers over 1000 different products, including AEDs. If you already have a contract with Joffe, let your regional response manager know you’re interested in purchasing AEDs for your organization. They can help you determine the amount of AEDs necessary for your campus and even place the order for you.

Schools and businesses need to be prepared not just by acquiring an AED, but also by securing the training for their AED program. Each state has its own requirements. If you need AED training, our partner company, Get CPR Done, offers this service. Please contact Casey Donohue at

Don’t have the budget?

If you’re struggling with funds for AEDs, see this article about how to save or reallocate funds for this lifesaving equipment.

Want extra guidance?

Contact our main line at (310) 525-6333 or email us at to get one-on-one assistance with your school’s safety preparedness. Each of our clients has an assigned regional response manager that manages their safety equipment, drills, crisis communications, and more!


Melissa Pierce

Communication Manager