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AED Defibrillator Fund (Donate to this fund Online)

The AED Defibrillator Fund is a special projects fund with the purpose of raising $100,000 to equip Oshkosh with public access automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs.

AEDs are lightweight, portable devices that provide an electrical shock capable of restoring the normal heart rhythm of cardiac arrest victims. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, striking more than 340,000 victims each year. The likelihood of successful resuscitation decreases by 10% with every minute that passes. Defibrillators are proven to increase a person's chance of survival when used immediately.

The project seeks to:
  • Purchase at least 50 AEDs and storage cabinets to be installed throughout Oshkosh in high traffic areas and where people congregate.

  • Ensure that each Oshkosh Police vehicle is equipped with an AED.

  • Gain 100% compliance from Oshkosh businesses to purchase an AED (at cost of the business owner).

  • Funds also will be raised to maintain the devices over time. Each AED and storage cabinet costs about $2,000. Pads cost $200 and must be replaced every two years. Batteries cost $300 and must be replaced every four years.

    A donation of any amount will help make Oshkosh a safer place to live, work and play. Please click Donate to this fund Online (above) to make your gift via our secure website or call the Community Foundation office during business hours at 920-426-3993.

    Type:   Special Project
    Program Area(s):   Community Development
    Health & Human Services
    Geographic Area(s):   Oshkosh
    Winnebago County

    EMS Batallion Chief Jim Austad of the Oshkosh Fire Department talks about the importance of having AEDs (automated external defibrillators) available in public spaces to save the lives of cardiac arrest victims. The campaign seeks to raise $100,000 toward the purchase of at least 50 AEDs for installation in public spaces in Oshkosh.

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