North Texas PIO Group Announces Regional AED Scavenger Hunt

North Texas PIO Group Announces Regional AED Scavenger Hunt

Goal to ID AEDs in the Area and Bring Awareness to CPR Training During National Heart Month


Fort Worth, TX — January 31, 2017 — The North Texas Public Information Officer Group is kicking off a community-wide scavenger hunt to locate and create a database of lifesaving emergency defibrillators, called the AED Scavenger Hunt. The contest runs until February 28th during National Heart Month. With prizes ranging from $50 to $500. Registration is open to both teams and individuals.  The individual and team with the most AED reports will also be presented with a plaque at a North Texas PIO Group meeting.

There are 1.2 million AEDs in public use across the U.S. and 180,000 more are installed each year. Many times the public cannot find where these AEDs are located and this is where the Scavenger Hunt comes into play. Participants will assist emergency responders by reporting the locations of AEDs across the North Texas region. 

The idea of the hunt is to raise awareness about AEDs and CPR training, and build up a database of the AED locations. “Our list of AED locations may be incomplete. We are seeking the public’s help to learn where more of these devices are,” said Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare and a member of the North Texas PIO Group. “We want to know where as many AEDs are located as possible so our 9-1-1 centers can advise callers if there is an AED nearby”.

AEDs are electronic and about the size of brief case, and allow bystanders to help someone who has collapsed during a cardiac arrest, prior to emergency crew’s arrival. Using an AED is shown to save lives - studies show those who are treated with an AED have a 30 percent better chance of survival.

These life-saving devices are generally located near schools, businesses, airports as well as sports clubs and shopping malls. AEDs are commonly found in a clear glass wall box, sometimes next to a fire extinguisher; the spot is often marked with the symbol of an electrical charge going through a heart shape. "There is a strong relationship between the time from collapse due to cardiac arrest, defibrillation and survival. More than half of all patients defibrillated in less than 3 minutes will survive, compared to just 1 in 5 defibrillated after 10 minutes, which is often how long it takes for EMS to be called, respond and deliver the life-saving shock. So having a publicly accessible AED could truly mean the difference between life and death", says Dr. Marshal Isaacs, Medical Director for Dallas Fire-Rescue and the UTSW/Parkland BioTel EMS System.

Here are basic rules of the hunt:

  • To participate in the contest, individuals or teams should complete the free registration online at
  • The contest starts Wednesday, February 1st and runs through February 28th
  • When you locate an AED, report a brief description of it, Including a photo of the AED, the building address for the AED, its location within the building, and whether the device appears to be ready for use on the contest Facebook page (NTXAED), Twitter @NTXAED or by Instagram at NTXAED
  • AEDs inside hospitals do not count… 

To follow the action and help spread the word about the NTXAED Scavenger Hunt, use #NTXAED and follow @NTXAED on Twitter or Instagram.


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About the North Texas PIO Group

The North Texas PIO Group is comprised of Public Information Officers from public safety and healthcare agencies across North Texas. The mission of the North Texas PIO Group is to partner with media outlets and other stakeholders to keep the public informed.