Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs)

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 are CPADs?

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?

The cost will vary based upon your requirements. We have worked with various suppliers to be able to offer AEDs and cabinets at a reduced cost. A typical example of the cost to set up a CPAD in your community would be £1400 (including VAT). 

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.

How do we order equipment via YAS?

If you would like to go ahead and order a CPAD for your community then please send an email to 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.
  •  Usual places are public houses, village halls, post offices, sports pavilions, GP surgeries.

Remember many GPs and dentists already have AEDs – can they be persuaded to put their machine in an exterior cabinet – some already have?

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

Do you already have an AED or CPAD?

If so let us know us know. We will then add this to our 999 system which will allow the location to flag up to our emergency operator and direct the rescuer to the AED or CPAD.

To register your CPAD click here

To register your premises defibrillator click here

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