Los Angeles launches citywide AED program

January 21, 2002

Los Angeles has kicked off a citywide defibrillation program that involves placement of 200 AEDs in public properties and training of 40,000 city employees. The program will cost the city about $700,000. About 500 people suffer cardiac arrest in public places each year in L.A., according to fire department medical director, Marc Ecstein.

"We would like them to be as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers," said Mayor James Hahn, in a front-page story in USA Today.

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