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Paramedic Services currently oversees a region wide Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program. The PAD program has placed 436 automatic external defibrillators (AED's) within public facilities, schools and workplaces.

The program also provides CPR training to each registered site as well as maintenance and replacement of batteries and defibrillator pads.

The PAD program is currently a shared responsibility with St. John's Ambulance, and has been since its inception through the Community Awareness and Response to Emergencies (CARE) Program.

Why is Public Access Defibrillation Important?

If an AED is immediately applied to a victim of cardiac arrest the likelihood of survival is high. 

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Early defibrillation is the most effective link in the Chain of Survival, but it is only one link in the Chain. An AED program should be part of a larger program to promote healthy lifestyle choices and support community initiatives to strengthen the other links in the chain.

AED Short Term Loaner Program

Paramedic Services offer short term AED loans free of charge for community events, large family gatherings, sporting events or anywhere else where an AED may prove valuable in the community on a short term basis (i.e. 24-48 hours).

Requirements to borrow an AED:

  • Proof of current CPR certification
  • Valid driver's licence or government-issued photo ID
  • Completion of loaner agreement with Paramedic Services

How to borrow an AED for short term use?

Please complete the online form below. Someone will contact you within 12-48 hours to confirm availability and pick-up instructions.

AED Loaner Application Form

Or, you can call 519-575-4400 x 8711

How do I place a Permanent AED in my facility?

Organizations interested in placing an AED in their facility should contact:

PAD Program Coordinator
Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services
120 Maple Grove Road
Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R6

Tel: 519-575-4400 ext. 8711 


Position Statement - Public Access to Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2009)

Automated External Defibrillation - Who's Life Will YOU Need to Save? - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada