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 Marshal 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 Marshal 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.

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 Marshal Training program coordinator. Please note: The course offered by the NC State Fire Marshal 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.


General Program Information

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

AED Issues

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