Schools CPAD Package

What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator, sometimes known as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small electronic device designed to allow minimally trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

The device analyses and looks for shockable heart rhythm, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed.

A defibrillator applies a brief pulse of electrical current allowing the heart’s normal electrical system to resume normal control. (Please note that a 100% success rate cannot be guaranteed, but this could be the casualty’s best and only chance of survival).

What is a CPAD?

Community Public Access Defibrillators or CPADs are cabinets located on the outside wall of a building so that the AED inside can be accessible 24/7 to anyone in the vicinity who requires it. It means more people could benefit from the presence of your device and more lives could be saved.

The cabinets have a key code lock and the code is accessed by calling 999 which means the device re-mains secure. By having an AED accessible quickly and easily 24 hours a day in your community you are showing how much you care about the safety of the residents and visitors.

Is there a CPAD already in our community?

We always try to encourage communities to register their CPAD with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). Here is a link to the CPADs we are currently aware of in the Yorkshire area

How much does it cost?

We are able to offer schools a very competitive package which consists of the following.

Product Cost
1 x Wel Medical IPAD SP1 AED - includes 10 year warranty (when registered), 5 year warranty on battery and 2 years warranty on the electrodes. £900
1 x Defib Store 1000 mild steel external cabinet. £478.80
1 x 2 hour familiarisation session for up to 30 people at a venue of your choice. £200
Total £1,578.80 (inclusive of VAT)

What if we only need to purchase an AED or external cabinet?

If you are looking at just purchasing an AED or you already have one and need a cabinet then this is possible. Please get in touch via the contact details in the 'How do we order equipment via YAS' section below and we will advise you on how best to do this.

Are we entitled to funding for our CPAD?

YAS currently does not fund CPADs but we can work with you to look if there is any specific funding in your area. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) do periodically part fund public access defibrillators but at this time are not accepting applications.

How do we order equipment via YAS?

For more information on how to order please contact the relevant contact below.

Alternatively if you would like to speak to someone then please call us on 0333 1300516 and we can discuss the various options available to you.

Where should we site our CPAD?

In terms of where to site it our guidance would be;

  • Somewhere well lit. 
  • CCTV is great if possible.
  • Somewhere where the most people tend to be/gather.
  • Somewhere where an external wall faces onto a public path/area and there is an electricity supply to tap into.
  • The owners of the building need to agree to its installation and to paying for the electricity supply. The running cost is normally no more than £5 per annum.

How do we install our CPAD and what happens next?

It is the responsibility of the site to arrange installation of the cabinet and connection to the electricity supply. This is a fairly simple process and full installation instructions will be included with the cabinet.

Once your CPAD or AED is in place then you will need to register its location with with YAS. We will then add this information to our 999 system which will allow the location to flag up to our emergency operator and direct the rescuer to the CPAD or AED.

Also at this point we would also recommend registering your AED with the manufacturer so that you receive any important updates and more importantly activate your 10 year warranty. You can do this by visiting

Do we need training to use an AED?

We appreciate that this is often a concern but the current stance in the UK is that you do not need training to use an AED. The Resuscitation Council (UK) along with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have produced a guide to AEDs which should help with any questions you may have. You can also find our frequently asked questions by clicking here. The price quoted above does include a familiarisation session which consist of a general awareness of the equipment and how the cabinet is accessed in an emergency.

Not a school but still want a CPAD for your community? Take a look at our dedicated CPAD page.


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