DC Mayor's Statement on AEDs

We agree that making sure that AEDs are plentiful and that building occupants know about their location is critical to saving lives with AEDs. That is why Mayor Bowser introduced legislation that will make it easier for building owners to purchase AEDs and to register them so that our first responders know where they are. As it stands under current District law, there are restrictions for building owners that limit the use of AED machines to people who are certified in CPR and to people who pay a fee to register them. Mayor Bowser introduced the CPR and AED Amendment Act of 2015 last September which would change the CPR training requirement from a four-hour CPR training to a 20-minute AED and compression specific training which would make it easier for more people to use life-saving AED machines.

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