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Tampa Police Department Receives AEDs for Patrol Cars

Tampa Police Department Receives AEDs for Patrol Cars

The Tampa Police Department received the last of their 106 AEDs on June 23, when the Rotary Club of Tampa presented them to Police Chief Eric Ward. These devices are already being implemented into patrol cars and have been put into action to respond to emergencies. rotary-police.jpg

Following a successful grant application to Firehouse Subs, the Tampa Police Department was able to add 18 new Philips AEDs to keep in police cars. These new AEDs are part of a Rotary Club initiative, Rotary Project Lifesaver, which set out to raise $100,000 to equip 100 patrol cars with these defibrillators in the Tampa Police Department in 2014.

With the help of these new devices, police may have the opportunity to help save victims of sudden cardiac arrest when they arrive first on a scene. The AEDs will help improve survival outcomes for these patients.


For this project, the Rotary Club chose the Philips HeartStart FRx, distributed locally by Altra Medical, which is in use by public safety agencies throughout Florida and the nation.

The grant was celebrated at the Firehouse Subs store on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa on April 21, where several TPD officers had the opportunity to show off their new devices to other members of the region’s public safety sector. 

The officers thanked the team at Firehouse Subs for offering the grant, in addition to the Altra Medical team for its help with grant writing.

Data from the TPD has shown that the city’s emergency personnel responds to nearly 9,000 incidents of cardiac and respiratory calls each year.

"With that kind of need in Tampa, we feel the project to provide defibrillators to the Tampa Police Department can really save lives," said Wayne Critcher, then-president of the Rotary Club of Tampa, as it launched the program in 2014. "Research shows many of these incidents happen in emergency situations in which police units may be the first responders.”

This grant provided 20% of the Rotary’s goal, which was reached early in 2015, with a grant from Florida Hospital West Florida Region.


The Philips AEDs will save money for the department and features a pediatric key which eliminates the need to purchase separate pediatric pads. The AED pads are compatible with EMS monitors, which will enable faster handoff as well as not having to remove one set of pads and replace with another. The batteries are also less expensive on

Learn more about the Tampa Rotary’s AED initiative by watching this video on Project Lifesaver.


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