Pennsylvania leads the way in facilitating school-site AED programs

December 12, 2001

Free automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are now available for schools in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, thanks to a new program that is the first of its kind in the nation. Act 4 of 2001, approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed by Governor Tom Ridge last May, established a one-time AED program to assist school entities to acquire the lifesaving devices. The funds were appropriated by the General Assembly and after a bidding process, the statewide contract for two AEDs per school district was awarded.

As a result, each school district will now be offered two free AEDs and each intermediate unit and area vocational-technical school will be offered one free AED. In addition, AEDs will be made available to other school entities including non-public, private, charter and independent schools that meet program requirements.

For application information, see". For additional information, contact Tom Stubits, School Services Unit, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Pennsylvania Department of Education; (717) 783-8088 or by e-mail to