Automated External Defibrillator Information

An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.


It is a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish a normal rhythm.

According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 1,700 lives are saved in the United States each year by bystanders using an AED. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops beating. Unless treated in minutes, the person usually dies because blood is no longer being pumped to the brain or other parts of the body.

The City of Annapolis is working with resident and civic groups to install AEDs at SaveStations in areas around the City.

Truxtun Park: The SaveStation at Truxtun Park (in front of the tennis and pickleball courts at 1229 Primrose Road) was made possible made possible by Bay Capital Mortgage and the Annapolis Pickleball Club. The AED that is housed in the SaveStation was donated by the family of Phil and Zach Roter.

  • Pip Moyer Recreation Center: 273 Hilltop Lane
  • City Hall: 160 Duke of Gloucester
  • Annapolis Police/OEM: 99 Taylor Avenue
  • Fire Department HQ: 1790 Forest Drive.

How to use an AED