AED and Firefighters Alliance
I'm an AED consultant with a focus on high-rise buildings, which I consider to be needlessly dangerous places to have a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Why are they dangerous? Because EMS can't reliably get there in time, what with city traffic, address confusion, entrance and elevator security, etc. I don't think that situation will ever change, because when a person is lying otherwise dead, patience isn't going to help.
So I separate EMS vehicular rescues from AED rescues, if and when the device is available in-house. There is every prospect then that a shock will be delivered in time.
So I'd like to see FF's adopt AEDs as part of their inspection routine, and I have proposed to the International Fire Code people that they include a provision for AEDs in every elevator lobby by 2013. See my website (elevaed.com) for the details - an alliance with FF's & the AED industry makes sense for me.
Do firefighters attending SCA's sometimes get the feeling that things could be done differently?