Frequently Asked Questions


What is your operational area?

  • Our headquarters are in Wichita.
  • We sell AEDs statewide (KS). All AEDs come with on-site AED training.
  • We also teach life saving classes all over the state of Kansas.


What is an AED?

AED stands for “Automated External Defibrillator”. An AED is used to shock a patient’s heart when they are suffering from cardiac arrest. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.

Why are AED’s so important?

AEDs are important because they strengthen the Chain of Survival. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation.

Should my organization have them on location?

Studies have shown a higher incidence in certain locations. Some of the typical locations include:

  • airports
  • sports arenas
  • community/senior citizen centers
  • dialysis centers
  • transportation terminals
  • golf courses
  • gated communities
  • health centers/gyms
  • jails
  • large industrial sites
  • large shopping malls
  • large lobbies
  • nursing homes
  • private businesses
  • sport/event complexes
  • cardiology, internal and family medicine practices and urgent care centers.

How many AEDs should we have?

First Responder would be happy to assist you in conducting a site survey to determine the number of AED’s for your workplace. As the most critical time to use an AED is within the first four minutes, being able to leave the patient, obtain an AED and back to the patient in under three minutes is ideal.

How many people should be trained to use them?

As a general rule, you should expect to have 10 trained responders for every AED, although some organizations train many more people to improve response time and because of the employee involvement benefits of an AED program.

Life Saving Classes

What is the minimum number of people per class?

We offer many different classes with different class configurations. Get the details.

How long do classes take?

We offer many different classes with different certification requirements. Our classes range from 2-13 hours. Get the details.

How long is CPR certification valid?

All CPR related certifications are valid for up to 2 full years. They expire on the last day of the month they were issued.

Life Saving Questions

Am I at risk of exposure to infection / disease when administering CPR?

CPR does carry a low risk of contagion, significantly lower if conducted while following proper procedure, and utilizing barrier utilities / protective equipment.

Can I be held liable for performing CPR or First aid?

The short answer, is yes. However, many states have Good Samaritan laws that protect individuals that render emergency medical care to those in need. Consult your local & state laws for definitive interpretations, or call your local Red Cross chapter.
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