Saving Lives with Public AEDs

The devices can be used by anyone at any time in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). They are now located in three easily accessible Coupeville locations.

Saving lives with public AEDs

The Coupeville Festival Association in collaboration with Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, Marshall Chris Garden and the Town of Coupeville and WhidbeyHealth Emergency Medical Services is giving back to its community with a life-saving idea: Three more public-access Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The Department of Health and Human Services endorses a quick deployment of an AED in an SCA emergency. Rapid treatment of SCA with a defibrillator can be lifesaving, as the device sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm.

The devices can be used by anyone at any time in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). They are located in three Coupeville locations including:

  • Port of Coupeville Wharf next to the Native American Whale Wheel
  • Knead ‘n Feed restaurant on Front Street near the front door
  • Red Apple Market/Prairie Center on S. Main Street at the front entry

The Town of Coupeville has graciously agreed to be the caretakers of these AEDs. 

In preparing for these installations, public safety agencies staff diligently provided hands-only CPR and AED awareness instruction to nearly 100 members and leaders in our community.  These short and simple instructional opportunities are offered free to the public in order that community members may utilize the knowledge to help others during a sudden cardiac arrest event. 

Charlie Smith, Deputy Chief of Operations at Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, said that community members can expect to see more public access AEDs in the future as we work to make seeing a mounted AED cabinet as common to our community as seeing a mounted fire extinguisher.