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Public Access Defibrillator Program

Patricia Lanctot and Bradley Nuttley




Public Access Defibrillator Program Brochure (PDF) 

Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) involves placing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) where people might need them, so that a casualty of Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not have to wait for Paramedics to arrive.

If AEDs are placed where someone might have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), and you know that someone nearby is trained to use the AED, the survival rates from Sudden Cardiac Arrest improve enormously.

The City of Cornwall and the SDG Counties started the initiative for the PAD Program in 2004 with 38 AEDs distributed in the community.

Since then, additional AEDs have been placed in the community with the support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Frank Cowen Foundation and other donors. 

A total of 68 AEDs have been donated to the community by these contributors in 2008 and 2009 along with an additional 83 AEDs in 2012 and 9 in 2013.

The Public Access Defibrillator Program administers these AEDs and assists community partners with additional AEDs that are located throughout the community. 

For additional information on AED locations, please access the Public Access Defibrillator Program Brochure or scroll further down down this page.

AEDs and CPR Save Lives!

The use of an AED combined with CPR can increase survival during Sudden Cardiac Arrest by 30 - 70 % when used within 5 minutes of collapse.


What does a PAD program look like?

To run an effective Public Access Defibrillator program the following should be considered:

  • Site Survey & Needs Analysis
  • Medical Oversight
  • Training and Certification
  • Integration with Paramedic Services
  • AED Acquisition and Equipment Maintenance
  • Quality Management System and Documentation
  • Procedures and Protocols
  • Promotion and Commitment
  • Incident Review
  • On-Site Drills

The Emergency Management and Community Safety Coordinator can assist any group interested in starting a PAD program. Feel free to contact the Emergency Management and Community Safety Coordinator at 613-930-2787 x 2214 or


Can I be sued for using an AED in an Emergency?

In Ontario, there are two pieces of legislation which protects members of the public from civil liability. They are the Good Samaritan Act, 2001 and the Health Systems Improvement Act, Schedule N on Page 132 and 133 (Chase McEachern Act, Heart Defibrillator Civil Liability, 2007).

The Good Samaritan Act provides protection from civil liability when a person attempts to provide aid to another person during an emergency.

The Health Systems Improvement Act, Schedule N on Page 132 and 133 provides protection from civil liability to a person or organization that attempts to provide aid with a Automated External Defibrillator to another person during an emergency. 

To read the Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services Public Access Defibrillator Policy and Procedure manual click on PAD Policy and Procedure Manual.


AED locations in Cornwall and the Counties SDG

Click on the image below to view an interactive map of all the AEDs in Cornwall SDG

Preview of PAD Interactive Map