AED Program

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Automated External Defibrillator Program


NC State is committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. The offices of Emergency Management and Mission Continuity, University Police and Environmental Health and Safety – Fire and Life Safety are partners in the promotion of a robust Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, which includes Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).



Map of AEDs
This Google Map allows you to click on locations to quick find information such as room number and location description.

Listing of Public AED Locations

AEDs are also carried in University Police vehicles and Fire & Life Safety vehicles.
Call 911 from a campus phone or 919-515-3000 to contact University Police for emergency response assistance.

AEDs and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. This condition affects nearly 400,000 Americans annually, and is responsible for 1 death every 37 seconds in the United States. Each year, sudden cardiac arrest claims more lives than cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and accidental trauma combined. AEDs are a vital link in the chain of survival, and have been clinically proven to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Studies have shown that the early application (within 3-4 minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest) of an AED can increase survival rates by nearly three times.

The placement of AEDs on campus is important because of the timeframe to be successful in converting ventricular fibrillation. Some experts suggest that for every minute that a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for defibrillation, chances for survival decrease by 10%.  NC State University has a goal of having an AED on scene of a sudden cardiac arrest in the shortest reasonable response time. The EHS Fire & Life Safety Office and University Police have AEDs in certain vehicles and are dispatched to all medical incident on campus.  The AED shall be mounted in an obvious location for easy access.

Contact the EHS Fire & Life Safety Office for assistance with this at 919-515-2568 or email the AED Program Manager.

Program Medical Direction

Medical direction for NC State’s AED program is provided by Wake County Emergency Services (EMS). This partnership ensures sound program development and support to campus partners.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) plays a vital role in the chain of survival from cardiac arrest. While the first uses of external chest compressions were documented as early as 1903, CPR did not become a standard of treatment until the early-1960s. Endorsed by the American Heart Association in 1963, CPR has evolved ever since. As more research is conducted on the subject of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association continues to refine its guidelines, which generally are released every five years. In the latest update (2015), the option of “Hands Only CPR” was introduced. Aimed at non-professional rescuers, hands only CPR is a concept that removes mouth-to-mouth from the steps of CPR, instead focusing only on high quality chest compressions.

First Aid/CPR/AED Courses

NC State offers an awareness level course, without certification for campus partners.  Visit REPORTER or click here to register for this course.  To schedule a course for your department, office, or organization, please contact the Fire & Life Safety Training program coordinator. Please note: The course offered by NC State Fire & Life Safety is geared towards the lay rescuer and does not provide formal CPR certification.

Through Student Health Services, NC State offers American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR/AED certification courses to official University departments, offices, and organization. Details on CPR courses can be found here.

CPR Resources

For additional information on learning CPR, please visit the American Heart Association.


When purchasing new AED equipment or replacement batteries and pads for use at NC State University, make arrangements through the AED Program Manager in the EHS Fire & Life Safety Office.  Fill out the AED Acquisition form to get started! 

General Program Information

For more information on the AED program or on CPR courses offered at the University, please contact the following:
Fire & Life Safety Office – 919-515-2568
Emergency Management and Mission Continuity – 919-515-9657
Student Health Services – 919-513-3259
University Police – 919-515-3000

AED Use or Issues

After each use, complete an “AED Use Report” via:  The AED Use Report helps EHS Fire & Life Safety Office monitor, evaluate, and track use of AEDs on campus.

If you notice an issue with an AED, or it is used, please contact Fire & Life Safety Staff or 919-515-2568 that can respond to AED issues in a timely manner.

For more program information and replacement monthly inspection tags, visit the AED Program overview folder.